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West Michigan hospitals allowing no visitors to ICU units

Posted: 4:42 AM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 04:42:01-04
Spectrum Health Coronavirus Signage in Emergency Room

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Visitors to intensive care units are no longer allowed at hospitals in the Spectrum Health and University of Michigan/Metro Health systems.

The total restriction in the ICUs went into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

Virtual visits are offered as an option for patients’ family members in both health systems as a way for family members to stay connected.

The restriction does not apply to the pediatric and neonatal ICUs at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, which still allows one visitor per patient in the ICUs and general medical areas.

The new ICU restriction was established “to comply with State of Michigan orders and to preserve personal protective equipment, or PPE, for health care workers who are at risk,” and to keep patients, family, and medical providers safe, the hospitals noted in a release.