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Franciscan tightens visitation policy as virus surges

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Franciscan Health Michigan City is announcing new visitor restrictions, as cases of COVID-19 surge.

Adult visitors will be allowed under specific circumstances. The hospital will continue screening all visitors to determine if they are at risk for COVID-19 or other communicable diseases. Those who do not pass screenings will not be permitted to enter the hospital. All visitors will be required to wear masks, practice social distancing, and practice good hand hygiene. Visitors must be 18 or older.

Further restrictions:

-- Inpatients and critical-care inpatients: Non-COVID-19 patients may have one designated visitor per day. Ideally, visitors will be those identified as involved in ongoing caregiving/support for the patient and will be able to assist with education and caregiving once the patient is released from hospital. COVID-19 patients may not have visitors, but may have virtual visitors.

-- Labor and delivery: A laboring woman will be allowed one visitor, a spouse or partner during labor and delivery. In addition, a labor coach will be allowed.

-- Emergency room: No visitors, unless covered under other exception. Victims of sexual assault have the right to have an advocate present.

-- Outpatients/ambulatory: No visitors unless covered under other exception.

-- Surgery: No visitors unless covered under other exception.

-- Non-COVID end-of-life: One visitor will be allowed for the duration. A second visitor will be allowed on a rotating basis with no more than two visitors at a time.

-- COVID end-of-life: One visitor will be allowed. The visitor must wear full PPE while in attendance.

-- Minors and non-decisional patients: One visitor will be allowed only for patients who do not have actual or legal decisional capacity. Those include persons under 18, persons with dementia, and persons whose condition precludes obtaining an accurate history or decision-making.

-- Clergy: The patient or the patientís representative may request a member of the Franciscan Spiritual Care Department or outside (community) clergy to be present. Clergy must wear required PPE while in attendance.



Posted 10.27.2020




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