Updated visitation guidelines

Updated visitation guidelines with visitor hours go into effect Friday, June 5, at 8 a.m.

With the new executive order issued on Wednesday, June 3, by the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Governor Gretchen Whitmer, new COVID-19 Visitation Guidelines at Beaumont Health go into effect on Friday, June 5, at 8 a.m. systemwide.

What’s changed?

  • NEW: Universal masking and other precautions are in place for acute care campuses and ambulatory care. Everyone is required to be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 before entry and must wear a face mask/covering at all times. Visitors who do not have their own masks when they are present will be provided one.
  • NEW: Ambulatory Care, Health Screening and updated Staying Connected sections.
  • NEW: For non-COVID-19 patients, one designated support person per day, who is asymptomatic and screens negative for COVID-19, may be present during modified visiting hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days per week. In addition, one designated support person per day (unless otherwise indicated) is welcome before and after visiting hours for the following:
    • Person in serious or critical condition, hospice care or Emergency Center where COVID-19 is not suspected by clinical team.
    • Person at end-of-life, defined as anticipated death with a do-not-resuscitate order in place, planned withdrawal of life-sustaining interventions or evaluation for hospice care. (TWO support persons may be present. External clergy counts as one of the two allowable visitors.)
    • Pregnant women who are being admitted for delivery. (A doula is permitted in addition to support person.)
    • Children who are 21 years of age or under. (TWO parents/legal guardians may be present.)
    • Any person with a physical, developmental, behavioral or cognitive impairment (e.g., dementia, developmental delay, paralysis, weakness from illness or treatment, anxiety disorder, etc.) requiring help with medical care, activities of daily living, speaking for the patient and keeping patient safe or calm.
    • Person undergoing surgery or procedure.
    • People who must exercise power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for a patient.
  • For COVID-19 positive or persons under investigation patients, one designated support person per day, who is asymptomatic and screens negative for COVID-19, may be present for the following:
  • Person at end-of-life, defined as anticipated death with an active do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order in place, planned withdrawal of life-sustaining interventions, or evaluation for hospice care. (TWO people at a time may be present. External clergy counts as one of the two visitors.)
  • NEWPerson who has been inpatient for two weeks where benefit of presence outweighs risk of exposure.
  • NEW: Person who remains inpatient but no longer tests COVID-19 positive when transmission-based precautions have been removed by infection preventionist. The person would then move to non-COVID-19 patient guidelines.
  • Pregnant women being admitted for delivery or presenting for prenatal care, ultrasound, genetic counseling and/or associated procedure, antenatal testing or other prenatal visit.
  • Children who are 21 years of age or under.
  • NEW: Person being registered/admitted directly or post-surgically or being triaged/screened in Emergency Center. If not essential to patients ongoing care, the support person should leave once the patient is settled in.
  • NEW: Person being discharged who needs a support person to learn how to care for them.

As directed by the clinical team, all required personal protective equipment must be worn at all times.

Note: These are guidelines and not a policy. As things change quickly, team members must always do what’s best for our patients, families, employees and physicians.

Visitor stickers can be ordered via Whitlock to indicate people who have been cleared to visit Beaumont facilities. A public-facing flyer will be available tomorrow, and the visiting information on Beaumont.org will be updated soon.

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