Health systems enact visitor restrictions

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Spectrum Health is one of three local health systems enacting visitor restrictions. Photo by Johnny Quirin

UPDATE (1:30 p.m. March 16, 2020): Spectrum Health cancels nonurgent patient appointments, procedures and surgeries: "In a continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective Tuesday, March 17, Spectrum Health is canceling all appointments, surgeries and procedures that are not urgent or emergency-related for the next two weeks," Spectrum Health said in a statement.

UPDATE (1:30 p.m. March 16, 2020): Spectrum Health, Mercy Health and Metro Health-University of Michigan Health updated their visitor restrictions: Starting Monday, March 16, restricted/no visitors will be allowed at any locations (hospitals, outpatient locations and long-term care facilities) for all local health care systems. For special circumstances, one approved visitor will be allowed in situations involving patients undergoing surgery and pediatric, maternity, end of life or critically ill patients.

Three local health systems have enacted visitor restrictions to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

Restrictions at all the hospitals are effective immediately.

The state of Michigan has its first presumed cases of COVID-19, and an official state of emergency has been declared by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health is enforcing the following family and visitor restrictions at all of its hospitals:

  • No children under age 12 are allowed to visit hospitals during this time.
  • Visitors, including family members, will be limited to one person per patient. Two visitors will be allowed for pediatric and maternity patients.
  • Visitors and family members must be healthy and without symptoms of illness.
  • Those who have recently traveled internationally to countries that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include in their COVID-19 travel warnings are not permitted to visit.

Mercy Health

Mercy Health’s following restrictions on visitation:

  • Visitors are limited to one at a time per patient.
  • No visitors under 14 years old are permitted.
  • Do not visit if you have any symptoms of a cold, the flu or COVID-19.

Metro Health-University of Michigan Health

Metro Health’s adjustments to its visitor policy take effect March 13 at the main hospital, as well as at all ambulatory clinics and the outpatient surgical center:

  • All visitors and family members must be healthy without symptoms of illness
  • Visitors are limited to one per patient.
  • Two visitors will be allowed for pediatric and maternity patients.
  • No children under age 12 will be permitted to visit.
  • Anyone who has recently traveled to CDC Level 2 or 3 countries is not permitted to visit.

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