Coronavirus: Visitor safety restrictions

Visitation guidance for end-of-life, COVID positive or PUI patients, updated April 7

As a reminder, all team members should review the Visitation Guidelines for COVID-19 positive and PUI patients. Recently, there has been inconsistency regarding the interpretation of visitation guidelines for people who are at end-of-life. 

Attempts to support visitation via electronic devices should be offered to all families whose loved one is dying. If family wants to come in person, staff must inform them of the risk. If they accept the risk, two people are permitted at the bedside to say goodbye to their loved one, whether or not their loved one has COVID-19.

Family visitors for COVID-19 positive or PUI patients must wear PPE at all times and cannot leave the patient room. Staff must help family visitors properly put on and remove PPE. 


Visitor safety restrictions

  • To protect Beaumont Health patients, staff, visitors and the community during the outbreak, all routine visiting is restricted at our eight acute care campuses until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat.
  • No visitors will be allowed at all Beaumont sites until further notice, with the following exceptions where one visitor will be permitted:
    • person who is in serious or critical condition or in hospice care
    • end-of-life (approval for requests for more than one person will be made by nurse manager)
    • person in Emergency Center
    • mothers in labor (significant other is permitted)
    • children who are 21 years of age or under (parents permitted)
    • people undergoing surgery
    • adult patients with cognitive or mental disability requiring help with the provision of medical care or activities of daily living, speaking for the patient, keeping patient safe
    • people who must exercise of power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for a patient
    • people performing official governmental functions
    • person requiring an outpatient test or procedure where a companion is required for support
    • mothers in labor, a doula is permitted in addition to a significant other/support person
    • children who are 21 years of age or under (two parents total are permitted)
    • If a patient has died, two visitors are permitted at the bedside to say their goodbyes.

    A FAQ is available for more information and will be updated regularly.

    As a reminder, all approved visitors are required to be screened for symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough and shortness of breath) prior to entering one of our acute care campuses and will be issued a sticker indicating they have been screened. Individuals with symptoms of respiratory illness will not be permitted to visit patients.

Please remind visitors to clean their hands upon entry/exit to the hospital, patient room and before/after eating or using the restroom.

  • Additional exceptions must be approved by the hospital’s administrator on call.
  • We are still waiting for clarification from the State of Michigan for employee screening of COVID-19. We recommend self-monitoring and peer monitoring.
  • An FAQ is available for more information and will be updated regularly.
  • All approved visitors are required to be screened for symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, runny nose, cough and shortness of breath) prior to entering one of our acute care campuses and will be issued a sticker indicating they have been screened. Individuals with symptoms of respiratory illness will not be permitted to visit patients.
  • IF YOU ARE SCREENING VISITORS: Please message and instruct visitors that they must clean their hands when entering/exiting the hospital, patient rooms, bathroom and eating areas. This is very important, as visitors may not be aware of hygiene practices.
  • After a visit is complete, visitors must leave the campus and may not remain in waiting areas, public areas or cafeterias. 

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