Ascension Borgess announces 'no visitor' policy in hospitals

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Mar 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-26 17:09:59-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Ascension Borgess has announced its transition to a “no visitor” policy as COVID-19 cases surge in the state of Michigan.

The healthcare system says the new policy does not include religious or end-of-life visitations.

Ascension Borgess says there are a handful of exceptions to the “no visitor” policy, including:

  • Individuals who are required to make medical decisions when the patient is legally unable
  • One visitor and one midwife/doula are permitted in Labor and Delivery
  • One visitor is permitted for patients in outpatient surgery
  • One visitor is permitted for outpatient radiology if needed
  • One parent or guardian is permitted in the Pediatric Unit, ambulatory care sites or Emergency Department for young patients
  • One parent or guardian is permitted for surgery patients aged 21 or under

The healthcare system says exceptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis and visitors must be 18 or older and not considered high risk for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.

We’re told visitors must complete a screening and wear a hospital-issued mask, which will be provided. Social distancing and hand sanitizing before and after the visit is also expected from visitors.

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