More than one visitor will be allowed in certain circumstances


PETOSKEY – McLaren Northern Michigan has announced that the hospital will allow more than one visitor per day for patients in medico-surgical, cardiovascular and intensive care units starting Monday, May 10.

McLaren Northern Michigan, however, will still only keep one healthy visitor at a time from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for most other patients in response to the current COVID-19 situation in the community.

“We understand the importance of patients having access to their loved ones while receiving care at our hospital,” a statement read about McLaren’s visiting guidelines. “Family and friends are encouraged to communicate directly with the patient at any time during their stay. We offer telephone communication via a landline in the patient’s room.

“An iPad is also available for video chat / virtual visit if the patient does not have a cell phone with this feature.”

All visitors will be screened when they enter the hospital, as they have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19, and visitors should wear a hospital-issued face mask covering their nose and mouth at all times during visit.

No visitors are allowed for patients with pending or positive COVID-19 tests, except in special circumstances granted by the clinical care team. In addition, members of the clergy are exempt from the single visitor guidelines.

Several exceptions and clarifications for inpatients were also made, including the following:

• End-of-life patients: up to two visitors at a time. Visitors to dying patients may be assessed on a case-by-case basis, including those under the age of 18.

• Obstetric patients: one delivery partner / support person (same person for the duration of stay), one visitor per day and one certified doula during labor and delivery.

• Pediatric patients: both parents can visit between 8 am and 6 pm, a parent / guardian staying overnight.

• Surgical or endoscopic patients: Patients undergoing surgery or procedures requiring sedation / anesthesia may have a visitor / attendant. While the procedure is being performed, visitors are encouraged to wait outside the building or at home. If the visitor does not have a safe place to wait outside the building, they can wait in a designated area.

• Emergency patients: Emergency patients are entitled to a visitor once they have been taken to a treatment bay; visitors may have to wait in their care if their loved one is in the waiting room. The visitor must be the same support person throughout the stay in the emergency room. If the patient is admitted to the hospital outside of visiting hours, the visitor can accompany them to the unit to install the patient and then leave.

• Patients inside the COVID-19 isolation unit: allowances may be made for special circumstances; visitors should speak with the healthcare team before arriving.

McLaren Northern Michigan also announced on Monday May 10 that a total of 13 patients were in the hospital’s respiratory recovery unit. Since the start of the pandemic on March 13, 2020, a total of 58 patients have died from COVID-19 in hospital.

In addition, 950 patients (in hospitals and clinics) have tested positive for COVID-19 since March 12, 2020.

At Munson Healthcare, patients at their hospitals, including Charlevoix Hospital, can have a visitor if the visitor experiences one of their visit exceptions.

They recently expanded visitation exceptions to include fully immunized visitors and have visit exceptions for fully immunized visitors, obstetrics patients, pediatric patients, surgical patients, medically necessary support persons, end circumstances. of lief, the clergy, the interpreters and the police.

All Munson Healthcare visitation exceptions can be found at www.munsonshealthcare.org.

Additionally, according to Munson Healthcare’s COVID-19 data tracker, as of Tuesday, a total of 47 people have been hospitalized as a result of COVID-19. Of those patients, 29 were housed at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, 11 at Cadillac Hospital, five at Grayling Hospital and two at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord.

Manistee and the Charlevoix hospital did not report any COVID-19 patients on Tuesday.


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