Ascension Michigan announces updated visitor guidelines

GRAND BLANC — To ensure the health and safety of our patients, caregivers and staff from the spread of COVID-19, Ascension Michigan has implemented temporary visitor guidelines effective immediately for its hospitals and ambulatory sites.

This includes Ascension Genesys in Grand Blanc; Ascension St. Mary’s in Saginaw; Ascension St. Joseph in Tawas City; and Ascension Standish Hospital in Standish, Michigan.

No visitors are allowed at Ascension Michigan care sites (excluding physician practices) except for:

One guardian who has been appointed to make medical decisions for patients who have been deemed a legally incapacitated individual.

• One visitor is allowed in Labor and Delivery in addition to a midwife/doula.

• One visitor is allowed for Outpatient Surgery and must stay in the waiting room.

• One visitor is allowed for pediatric patients (21 years and younger).

• One visitor is allowed for Outpatient Radiology and Lab if necessary for patient assistance.

Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis relative to the patient’s individual needs by the management in the patient care area.

End-of-life visitation does not apply to these restrictions.

A visitor is defined as one person for the duration of a patient’s episode of care. Visitors should be at least 18 years old and not in a high-risk health category such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.

Visitor requirements for entry include:

• All visitors are required to complete a screening.

• Visitors must wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the patient room and any area of the facility.

• Visitors must wash their hands and use hand sanitizer before and after the visit.

• Should a visitor not have a mask, one will be provided.

These visitor guidelines are compliant with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. — G.G.