Hospitals in Genesee County prep for COVID-19 cases

McLaren, Genesys and Hurley update visitor restrictions

GENESEE COUNTY – Area hospitals are bracing for more cases of COVID-19 and they continue to restrict visitors during this time of crisis.

At Ascension Genesys, Ascension Michigan ministries have established COVID-19 triage areas near all its emergency departments. This includes Genesys – Grand Blanc.

Triage areas have been set up as part of Ascension’s emergency preparedness protocol. These measures are being put in place to help distance individuals with a concern about COVID-19 exposure from the rest of our patient population, staff and health care providers.

“For the safety of all people, if a person believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 and has developed a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, they should call their health care provider immediately for instructions,” said Ascension on its website.

To help protect the health and safety of our patients, families, health care staff and providers from the spread of COVID-19, Ascension Michigan is enforcing patient visitor restrictions for all of its hospitals and ambulatory sites.

No visitors are permitted at Ascension Michigan hospitals except for:

  • One visitor permitted for support of activities of daily living like bathing or eating for pediatric
    (under 21) and special needs patients
  • One visitor for a surgery patient
  • One visitor for a hospice patient
  • One visitor for patients at the end of life
  • One visitor for patients in serious or critical condition
  • One birth partner (as well as a doula if participating in the birth)
  • One visitor required to make a decision on behalf of the patient (patient’s medical durable power of attorney, court appointed guardianship)
  • No visitors are permitted at Ascension ambulatory (outpatient) sites except for
  • One accompanying person that is necessary to support the delivery of care to the patient
  • One accompanying person for a surgery patient
  • One accompanying person for patients in serious condition
  • One birth partner (as well as a doula if participating in the birth)

Any visitor meeting the above criteria must pass a health screening before entering any Ascension Michigan facility.

 

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit Ascension’s website: healthcare.ascension.org or call 833-981-0738.

Hurley Medical Center reports Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is not available for the general public on request. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild respiratory illnesses. Similar to testing for other infectious diseases, such as the flu, the first step is a full evaluation by your Primary Care Provider.

“While COVID-19 is new, preparing for responses to public health issues, medical emergencies, and disasters is second nature to us. In fact, as a Level 1 Trauma Center, Hurley takes emergency preparedness seriously 365 days a year by incorporating in-depth training within our hospital and clinic system,” said Hurley in a statement on its website.

Hurley treats patients with a variety of infectious diseases on a daily basis. These patients are isolated and treated in appropriate spaces by its trained staff using specialized equipment. Hospital physicians meet daily and are in close contact with local public health officials.

If COVID-19 were to cause a surge of patients, Hurley said it is prepared to deploy the specific strategies that will work best in response to the rapidly changing situation.

Patients who need to be seen in the emergency room should communicate with Hurley prior to arrival. This will be key in its ability to provide the safest treatment for patients and staff.

If you are directed to Hurley Medical Center for COVID-19 treatment, the hospital asks that you call 810-262-3685 to coordinate your arrival.

Routine visitation is suspended until the CDC determines the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat. Visitation hours are restricted from 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Visitation restrictions: Adult hospital– no visitors; Adult Emergency Department – one visitor and zero visitors for COVID-19 patients under investigation; Pediatric Emergency Department – one adult primary caregiver per patient; Childbirth Patients in OB area – one adult visitor only; Outpatient clinics – one visitor who is providing transportation to the patient receiving care; Hospitalized pediatric and neonatal patients – two adult primary caregivers per patient. No siblings or extended family. No visitation for COVID-19 patients.

McLaren -Flint says anyone experiencing trouble breathing should go to the nearest emergency department or urgent care. If not seriously ill or for people who have questions, call your primary care provider or visit the hospital’s telemedicine at McLarenNow.

McLaren said in a statement on its website it is closely monitoring developments related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is working with state and federal agencies to educate and prepare staff, providers and facilities for COVID-19 cases in Michigan.

For details about restrictions at McLaren-Flint and other McLaren facilities, visit www.mclaren.org/main/coronavirus-covid-19. – G.G.