Published on January 31, 2020

Visitor Restrictions Continue, Travel Screenings in Place

Photo of a girl blowing her nose out in the cold.As cases of the flu continue to be reported and there is a heightened alert to the growing coronavirus outbreak, MidMichigan Health is protecting patients and staff at its Medical Centers by keeping visitor restrictions in place for the remainder of the flu season. Only those visitors who are healthy, without symptoms of illnesses, will be allowed to visit patients at MidMichigan’s Medical Centers in Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. In addition, upon registration for Medical Center appointments, patients will continue to be screened for recent travel outside of the country.

Wuhan Coronavirus is a viral infection of the lower respiratory tract causing a cough, sore throat, fever, stuffy/runny nose and possible pneumonia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, MidMichigan Health is responding to this public health concern.

“MidMichigan Health is committed to protecting the health of the communities that we serve. Our teams of infection control specialists and health care providers have carefully reviewed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local health departments and information from hospitals nationwide,” said Sherry Anderson, manager for regulatory compliance, MidMichigan Health. “We huddle daily and monitor all safety issues, including emerging issues such as the coronavirus that may be of concern to our patients, visitors and staff. What’s more, reinforcing preventative measures, such as our registration staff completing a travel screening questionnaire with patients is critical. This, along with our visitor restrictions, helps to protect our patients who may already be facing medical challenges.”

MidMichigan offers several free electronic communication services that can help family and friends keep in touch while these visiting restrictions are in effect: 

  • E-Cards (www.midmichigan.org/e-card) – Send electronic greetings to inpatients.
  • Guest Wireless Internet Access (www.midmichigan.org/wireless) – Free wireless Internet access is available at all MidMichigan facilities. Healthy adult visitors at these sites may wish to bring a laptop or wireless device to communicate with family and friends via e-mail.
  • Telephone – All inpatient and nursing home rooms have phones with free local calls. Visitors may also use their cell phones in designated areas.

Those interested in learning more about how to prevent influenza, as well as signs and symptoms of the flu, may visit www.midmichigan.org/flu. Those interested in learning more about the coronavirus may visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.