Metro, Mercy Health adjusting visitor policy during coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 3:17 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 16:10:27-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Health providers are adjusting visitor policies to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Starting Friday, Metro Health will implement the following restrictions for visitors:

  • Visitors and family member must be healthy without symptoms of illness
  • Only one visitor is allowed per patient
  • Two visitors will be allowed for pediatric and maternity patients
  • No children under 12 will be allowed in unless they are a patient
  • Anyone who recently traveled to a CDC Level 2 or 3 country will not be allowed in

The hospital is also encouraging patients to schedule an e-visit to avoid spreading the illness. Anyone with severe or life-threatening symptoms should call 911.

Effective immediately, Mercy Health is making the following changes to its visitor policy:

  • One visitor per patient at a time
  • No visitors under 14
  • No visitors who are sick will be permitted

All visitors are asking to wash their hands or use alcohol-based sanitizer, use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, and to stay home if they are sick.