Beaumont: No Visitors At Farmington Hills Hospital Due To Rise In COVID-19 Cases

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) Beaumont Health is implementing a temporary "no visitors" policy for its Farmington Hills campus. 

The healthcare system said the move is being made "out of an abundance of caution," due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases at that location, according to a news release on Wednesday.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 13, no one will be allowed in rooms of patients with pending or positive COVID-19 tests except for end-of-life or other extreme circumstance as approved by clinical leadership.

For other patients, Beaumont is restricting all visitors at Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills until further notice.

There are some exceptions, however.

One person may visit or accompany non-COVID-19 patients for the following:

  • Person who is in serious or critical condition or in hospice care.
  • Person at end-of-life, defined as anticipated death with an active do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order in place, planned withdrawal of life-sustaining interventions, or evaluation for hospice care. (TWO people at a time may be present. External clergy counts as one of the two visitors.)
  • Pregnant women being admitted for delivery or presenting for prenatal care, ultrasound, genetic counseling and/or associated procedure, antenatal testing, or other prenatal visit.
  • Children who are 21 years of age or under.
  • Adult patients with cognitive, physical, or mental disability requiring help with the provision of medical care or activities of daily living, speaking for the patient, and keeping patient safe.
  • Person being registered/admitted directly or post-surgically or being triaged/screened in EC. The support person should leave once the patient is settled in.
  • Person being discharged who needs a support person to learn how to care for them if this cannot be done via phone or video chat.
  • Person requiring an outpatient test or procedure where a companion is required to safely travel to and from the appointment.
  • People who must exercise power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for a patient.

Exceptions only apply if a visitor screens negative for symptoms of respiratory infection, Beaumont said. Any visitation request that differs from these guidelines will be reviewed by clinical leadership or the administrator on call.

All approved visitors are required to be screened for symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough and shortness of breath) and will be issued a sticker indicating they have been screened. People with respiratory illness symptoms will not be permitted to visit patients.

Approved visitors who meet the exception criteria outlined above must wear PPE at all times and cannot leave the patient room. Staff will help visitors properly put on and remove PPE.