Ascension Michigan loosens visitor guidelines

GRAND BLANC — Ascension Michigan instituted a tiered visitation policy in February based upon evidence-based practices and taking into consideration each local community’s COVID-19 prevalence, using Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Ascension data. These visitor guidelines are compliant with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and will continue to be modified as the community prevalence of COVID-19 directs.

Due to the decreasing community positivity rates and lower number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan, Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc, Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, Ascension Standish Hospital in Standish and Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City, have recently moved to a Tier III visitation policy, which allows one designated visitor per patient for the duration of the visit/admission.

Currently, one visitor per patient is allowed at Ascension Michigan care sites

• A visitor is defined as one person for the duration of a patient’s episode of care or outpatient health care service

• Visitors must be at least 18 years old and not in a high-risk health category such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions

• At this time, COVID-19 vaccination status does not impact visitation

• The term visitor is inclusive of one guardian or support person who is medically necessary to facilitate patient care

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

• One visitor is allowed for outpatient surgery patients – must stay in waiting room

• One visitor is allowed for outpatient radiology and lab if necessary, for patient assistance

• Two parents/guardians are allowed for pediatric patients in the Emergency Department or any Pediatric Unit (including PICU, NICU, SCN)

• Two parents/guardians are allowed for pediatric surgery patients (21 years and younger)

• Two parents/guardians are allowed for pediatric patients at ambulatory care sites

• These restrictions do not apply to end-of-life visitation

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. These restrictions do not apply to end-of-life visitations. Religious visitations do not count towards any visitor limitations.

Visitor requirements for entry include:

• All visitors are required to complete a screening

• Visitors must wear a hospital-issued mask (no cloth masks) and practice social distancing while in the patient room and any area of the facility. Should a visitor not have a mask, one will be provided

• All visitors must stay in the patient room or designated area, and limit visiting other areas in the hospital

• Visitors must sanitize their hands before and after the visit, and per hospital protocol. — G.G.