Ascension St. Joseph Hospital Announce Updated Visitor Guidelines
TAWAS, MI-- Ascension Michigan recently updated its visitor guidelines to reflect Governor Whitmer’s revised direction for healthcare facilities. The visitor guidelines pertain to Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City.
As the governor continues to reopen the state, the health and safety of patients, visitors, care teams and the community remain a top priority for Ascension Michigan. The health system will continue to enforce safety measures including masking and social distancing to lessen the spread of COVID-19 and prevent a second surge.
“Our nation has experienced some challenging times during this pandemic, but we continue to celebrate patient recovery stories everyday,” said Maureen Chadwick, chief nursing officer, Ascension Michigan. “It’s important we all do our part by following CDC guidelines and hospital protocol to protect one another, so more lives are saved.”
Ascension St. Joseph Hospital’s new visitor guidelines are as follows:
- Patients suspected to have or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are not allowed visitors.
- All visitors are required to complete a screening for entry.
- Anyone having a temperature of 99.5 degrees F or above will not be allowed entry into our health facilities.
- Visitors are limited to one (1) per patient at any given time.
- Visiting hours may vary, please ask the patient’s care team.
- It is highly recommended that visitors are at least 18 years old and are not in a high-risk health category such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.
- Visitors must wear a mask and practice social distancing while in a patient’s room and any area of the facility.
- As a private healthcare entity, Ascension continues to follow all CDC guidelines, including requiring all visitors, associates and care teams to wear face masks.
- Masking is required throughout the facility - including in patient rooms - to protect our vulnerable patient population and care teams from anyone who is asymptomatic, but who unknowingly may have COVID-19.
- Should a visitor not have a mask when they arrive at the facility, one will be provided.
- Visitors should stay in the patient room and/or designated area and limit traveling to other areas of the facility.
- Visitors should wash their hands and use hand sanitizer before and after their visit.
- Additional questions can be directed to the patient’s care team.