With COVID-19 cases surging and more patients being hospitalized, Beaumont Hospital in Taylor announced Monday that it will join other hospitals in the health care system and restrict visitors.
“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. “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.”
Beginning Nov. 17 in Taylor, visitors, with few exceptions, will be barred from the rooms of patients with pending or positive COVID-19 tests. Exceptions: people who are nearing death, patients under 21 years of age, women in labor and other extreme circumstances where, the health system says, the benefits of someone’s presence outweigh the risk of contracting COVID-19.
Beaumont in Taylor will also implement protocols for non-COVID patients that are already in place at Beaumont hospitals in Royal Oak, Grosse Pointe and Troy.
Visitors will also be barred from the rooms of non-COVID-19 patients — unless the visitor has no symptoms of respiratory infection and the patient:
- Is in serious or critical condition or in hospice care. Family members of patients who are at the end of life, may take turns at the patient’s bedside.
- Has a cognitive, physical or mental disability that requires help with medical care, the activities of daily living, safety or someone to speak for the patient.
- Is undergoing a surgical procedure.
- Is having an having an outpatient test or procedure.
- Is receiving care at the emergency department at Beaumont in Royal Oak. No one other than the patient is allowed at the emergency centers of Beaumont hospitals in Grosse Pointe, Taylor or Troy.
- Is in labor or has pregnancy complications.
- 21 years of age or under; two parents are allowed to be with young patients.
The announcement by Beaumont in Taylor comes a day after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service closed down high schools and colleges for in-person learning, closed bars and restaurants for in-person indoor dining and also closed movie theaters, ice rinks, casinos, bingo halls and bowling alleys and limited gatherings inside homes to two households at any time.
The State’s new emergency order is set for three weeks, beginning Nov. 18.
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