Visitor restrictions at Spectrum hospitals as COVID-19 cases increase


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Spectrum Health will be reducing the number of people who can visit its hospitals as the state sees an increase in coronavirus cases.

Starting Thursday, adult patients will be allowed one adult family member or guest per patient. Pediatric hospital patients will be able to have two adult family members. They must be the same person(s) for the entire stay at the hospital.  

All visitors will be screened and required to wear a mask.

Spectrum Health noted the following exceptions:

  • “Labor and delivery obstetrics patients are allowed two adult visitors. These must be the same two people for the patient’s entire hospital stay.
  • “Patients with COVID-19 are not allowed in-person visitors, however the care team will work with patients and families to coordinate virtual visits.
  • “Emergency department patients are limited to one adult guest per patient.
  • “Adult radiology and laboratory patients at the hospital or outpatient care sites are not allowed guests except for those patients who need assistance with activities of daily living or have cognitive impairments. These individuals will be allowed one adult guest.
  • “Adult patients at Spectrum Health physician offices and surgery centers are allowed one adult family member or guest per patient.
  • “Pediatric patients under the age of 21 are allowed two adult family members (parent or guardian or their designee only) per patient stay.
  • “For pediatric outpatient services, physician offices and surgery, pediatric patients are allowed two family members or guests per patient visit.
  • “Pediatric radiology patients are allowed one adult family member per patient.
  • “Pediatric hematology and oncology clinic and infusion center patients are allowed one adult family member per patient.”

The news restrictions will be implemented at the following locations:

  • Butterworth Hospital
  • Blodgett Hospital
  • Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center
  • Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion
  • Big Rapids Hospital
  • Gerber Memorial
  • Kelsey Hospital
  • Pennock
  • Reed City Hospital
  • United Hospital
  • Zeeland Community Hospital
  • Ludington Hospital

More COVID-19 patients are in the hospital. The number of people hospitalized statewide has jumped in the last month to nearly 1,500 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients. Spectrum Health says it now has 162 inpatients with the virus, the highest number it has seen yet.

More information on the new visitor restrictions can be found online.

Mercy Health says it is allowing one visitor per day for adults, two for children and none for COVID-19-positive patients:

“Mercy Health continues to monitor the increasing number of COVID cases and hospitalizations in West Michigan. As of today, Mercy Health will maintain the current policy of 1 visitor per day for adults, no visitors allowed for COVID positive patients, and 2 visitors per day for infants and minors. All patients must adhere to entry screening and wear masks. We will continue to monitor the impact of the rising cases on Mercy Health operations and may change this policy if needed.”


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