Published on April 13, 2021

Alpena Implements Visitor Restrictions, Effective April 14

As cases of the coronavirus continue to increase, effective Wednesday, April 14, 2021, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena will implement visitor restrictions. These restrictions are in place beginning April 14 until further notice to protect patients, employees and health care providers.

“We are seeing an increase of inpatients here at the Medical Center, as well as an influx of COVID-19 cases in the state. We appreciate the support of our communities to do what is necessary to keep our patients and staff safe,” said Chuck Sherwin, FACHE, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. “Our focus to keep our patients at the center of all that we do is a commitment we have made and will continue to uphold no matter the situation.”

During the visitor restrictions, one healthy support person will be permitted with a pediatric patient, those in critical condition or where it is determined that the person is necessary for the provision of care. In addition, the Women’s Health Unit is allowing for one doula and one support person; the support person must be healthy and must be the same person throughout their stay; and no children will be allowed.

Support persons for Emergency Department and surgery patients will be asked to wait in their cars. The Medical Center staff will communicate information about the patient via a phone call to the identified support person.

MidMichigan offers several free electronic communication services that can help family and friends keep in touch while these visiting limitations 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. 

As a service to the community, MidMichigan Health hosts a COVID-19 informational hotline with a reminder of CDC guidelines and recommendations. Staff is also available to help answer community questions Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hotline can be reached toll-free at (800) 445-7356 or (989) 794-7600. In addition, inquiries can be sent to MidMichigan Health via Facebook messenger at www.facebook.com/midmichigan. More information can also be found at www.midmichigan.org/covid19.