Published on December 02, 2021

Effective Dec. 3, Visitor Restrictions Reintroduced at Medical Center

As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, effective Friday, Dec. 3, visitor restrictions will be reimplemented at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena. The revised arrangements will then be in place until further notice to protect patients, employees and health care providers.

“We are indeed in the thick of yet another surge. With the increased number of COVID positive patients hospitalized here, and the positivity rate rising in our area and across the state, it’s our responsibility to do all we can to protect our patients, staff and the community,” said Chuck Sherwin, FACHE, president, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena. “We appreciate the cooperation of our patients and their families during this challenging time and we will monitor and review our visiting guidance on a regular basis.”

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 two support persons; the support persons must be healthy and must be the same persons 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.

MyMichigan 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.mymichigan.org/e-card) – Send electronic greetings to inpatients.
  • Guest Wireless Internet Access www.mymichigan.org/wireless) – Free wireless Internet access is available at all MyMichigan 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, MyMichigan 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 MyMichigan Health via Facebook messenger at www.facebook.com/midmichigan. More information can also be found at www.mymichigan.org/covid19

Those interested in a current list of COVID-19 testing site locations may visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirustest.