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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland implementing visitor restrictions

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Posted at 4:06 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 10:51:01-05

(WXYZ) — Beginning Dec. 4, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is implementing visitor restrictions due to COVID-19.

View visitor restrictions for other St. Joseph Mercy Health System hospitals here.

View the restrictions below:

1. You must be 18 years of age or older to visit a hospitalized patient.

2. Visitors MUST wear masks at all times or will not be permitted to remain in the building.

3. Adult patients residing in Medical-Surgical and Critical Care with or without Covid-related illness are not permitted to have visitors. Exceptions to this rule will be considered on a case-by-case basis such as at the end-of-life, following emergency surgery, transfers from another facility, and/or visitors providing direct patient care. Overnight stays are NOT permitted for this group of patients.

4. NICU and pediatric patients are permitted to have the same 2 visitors every 24 hours.

Moms in active labor and post-partum are permitted to have the same visitor, only one, every 24 hours. *Note: If the patient in Pediatrics is 18 years of age or older, no visitation will be permitted.

5. No visitation is permitted in the Emergency Department except at the request of the healthcare worker for patient care planning purposes. A patient who requires an interpreter must always be permitted to have one at bedside. Patients who are critically ill/injured may have a loved one continuously by their side or directed to a waiting area nearby. For elderly patients requesting their spouse to be present, visitation will be permitted during the encounter with the physician and at disposition.

6. Patients undergoing surgical or special procedures (IR, Cath Lab, Endoscopy) will be permitted to have one visitor accompany them on the day of the procedure up until the time the procedure begins. The visitor will be directed to their vehicle during the procedure and permitted to return at its conclusion when plans for discharge/disposition are being made.

7. A family meeting may be accommodated by permitting no more than one visitor to be physically present at a time. If more family members need to be included, they may be connected virtually.

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