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With the rise in COVID-19 cases and the hospitalization of more patients, Beaumont Hospital in Taylor announced on Monday that it would join other hospitals in the healthcare system and limit visitors.

“We have seen a remarkable increase in COVID-19 cases on the Detroit subway,” Dr. Nick Gilpin, Beaumont’s medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology, said in a statement. “Last spring, we cared for most COVID-19 patients in the state, and we know that taking difficult steps such as restricting visitors will help keep our patients and our staff safe.”

From November 17 in Taylor, visitors, with few exceptions, will be banned from the rooms of patients with upcoming or positive tests for COVID-19. Exceptions: people approaching death, patients under the age of 21, parturients and other extreme circumstances where, according to the health system, the benefits of having someone outweigh the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19.

Beaumont in Taylor will also implement protocols for patients without COVID, which are already available at Beaumont’s hospitals in Royal Oak, Grosse Pointe and Troy.

Visitors will also be banned from the rooms of patients without COVID-19 – unless the visitor has symptoms of a respiratory infection and the patient:

  • He is in serious or critical condition or in a hospice. Family members of patients who are at the end of their lives may take turns at the patient’s bedside.
  • There is a cognitive, physical, or mental disability that requires help with medical care, daily activities, safety, or someone to speak for the patient.
  • He underwent a surgical procedure.
  • An outpatient test or procedure is performed.
  • He received care in the emergency department at Beaumont in Royal Oak. No one but the patient was admitted to the Beaumont Hospital Emergency Centers in Grosse Pointe, Taylor or Troy.
  • Gives birth or has complications during pregnancy.
  • At the age of 21 or under; both parents have the right to be with young patients.

The announcement from Beaumont in Taylor comes a day after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services closed high schools and colleges for personal training, closed bars and restaurants for indoor dining, as well as closed movie theaters, ice rinks, casinos, bingo halls and alleys. for bowling and limited gatherings in the homes of two households at any one time.

The state’s new state of emergency is set for three weeks, starting Nov. 18.

Contact George Covanis: gkovanis@freepress.com.

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