Michigan Lifts Visitor Restrictions At Hospitals, Outpatient Clinics, Doctor's Offices As COVID-19 Cases Decline

Visitors will have to undergo health screenings, wear masks

WWJ News
June 04, 2020 - 11:25 am
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(WWJ) Patients will be able to bring members of their support system with them to medical procedures again.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has rolled back temporary restrictions on visitors to medical facilities as COVID-19 numbers continue to improve across the state. 

This includes hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics and doctor’s offices; but not nursing homes. 

However, medical facilities will be required to put safety measures in place including having a designated entry way where visitors must be assessed for COVID-19 or respiratory infection symptoms. 

Visitors must also wear masks. 

Visits will be restricted to a patient’s room and “other designated areas” during specific hours. Under the order, only a certain number of visitors will be allowed per patient.

Health officials also recommend that patients considered high risk to complications from COVID-19 do not receive visitors, including the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Hospitals will be allowed to construct their own policies.

To view a full copy of the order, click here.

This news comes as Michigan reports some of its lowest daily COVID-19 numbers since March. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed 304 new cases on Tuesday, and 17 more people who tested positive for the virus have died. 38,099 Michiganders are considered recovered after surviving one month post diagnosis.