New Executive Order Won’t Change Current Visitation Policies

This week, Governor Whitmer issued a new executive order extending hospital visitation restrictions to July 24, but that won’t change the current visitation policy at Mercy Health and St. Joe’s.

Hospitals are permitted by an MDHHS order to ease visitor restrictions if certain guidelines are followed. This order gives health care facilities the ability to adopt policies that meet safety, screening, masking and other patient-safety standards.

Across all of our facilities, everyone must wear a mask and be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Hospital visitation is restricted to one visitor per patient, per day, and two visitors for minors or birthing center patients. No visitors are permitted for COVID-19 confirmed patients. In all cases, special considerations are permitted for extenuating circumstances as long as screening, masking and safety guidelines are followed.

The visitation rules vary among some specialty and outpatient areas.