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Beaumont hospitals reinstate visitor restrictions as COVID-19 cases rise

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published November 20, 2020

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ROYAL OAK — Beaumont hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy, Grosse Pointe and Taylor are limiting the visitation of family and friends to protect patients, staff and the community as COVID-19 cases in the region and state continue to increase, according to a Nov. 9 Beaumont Health press release.

“We’ve had a notable rise in COVID-19 cases in metro Detroit,” Dr. Nick Gilpin, medical director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology for Beaumont Health, said in a prepared statement. “Community positivity rates have jumped to 8-11% in the area. Last spring, we took care of the most COVID-19 patients in the state and we know that taking difficult steps like restricting visitors will help us keep our patients and our staff safe.”

Beaumont Health said that all of its hospitals are safe and remain open to patients needing health care, including emergency visits, testing and surgery. Patients should continue to go to any Beaumont emergency department for medical issues that need urgent attention, according to the release.

No one will be allowed in rooms of patients with pending or positive COVID-19 tests except for individuals who are approaching the end of life, patients under 21 years of age, women in labor, or “other extreme circumstances where the benefits of presence outweighs the risk of COVID-19 exposure,” according to the release.

For patients who do not have COVID-19, one visitor may be present in the following situations:

• A person who is in serious or critical condition or in hospice care.

• A person at the end of life. Additional family may take turns at their loved one’s bedside (two people are permitted at the bedside).

• Adults with cognitive, physical or mental disabilities who require help with the provision of medical care or activities of daily living, speaking for the patient and keeping the patient safe.

• A person undergoing a surgical procedure.

• A person required for support and arrangements have been made in advance for a patient having an outpatient test or procedure.

• A person receiving care in the emergency center.

• A person who must exercise power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for a patient.

• A mother in labor or with pregnancy complications. A doula in addition to the designated partner is permitted.

• Children who are 21 years of age or under. Two parents are permitted.

Exceptions only apply if a family member or friend screens negative for symptoms of respiratory inspection; anyone under the age of 16 is restricted from visiting, except under extreme circumstances; and clinical leadership will review any visitation request that differs from the guidelines, according to the release.

After the completion of a visit, everyone must leave the hospital and cannot remain in waiting areas, public areas or cafeterias.

“We recognize that engaging families is a critical part of the healing process. We made our decision to restrict visitors after thoughtful conversations with our physicians, nurses and staff. We have plenty of personal protective equipment, frequently clean our facilities, require daily health screening for all staff and routinely perform COVID-19 testing for our patients to keep our hospitals safe,” Beaumont Health Chief Nursing Officer Susan Grant said in a prepared statement. “It’s troubling to see the virus on the rise again in our community. Please wear a mask when you are in public and take all of the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s) recommended precautions to help us stop the spread of the virus until a vaccine is available.”

For more information, visit beaumont.org or call Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, at (248) 898-5000.

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