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COVID-19 Testing of Long-Term Care Residents & Staff

COVID-19 Testing of Long-Term Care Residents & Staff ~ Several sizeable COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred in Michigan-based nursing homes in the past three months, and, as a result, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) has issued new infection control requirements for all licensed nursing homes, including Marlette Regional Hospital’s Long-Term Care Unit, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This new order requires nursing homes to begin conducting COVID-19 testing for nursing home residents and staff on or before July 3, 2020 as outlined below:
• Initial baseline testing of all residents and staff
• Testing of all new or returning residents during intake and routine quarantine of new residents (unless testing is done within the past 72 hours)
• Testing any resident or staff with symptoms or exposure
• Weekly testing of all residents and staff with any positive cases among residents or staff until 14 days after the last new positive case
• Weekly testing of staff while Sanilac County remains an area of medium risk or higher on the MI Safe Start Map

If data by region proves to be low-risk, visitor restrictions may be revised; however, visitor restrictions remain in place at this time in accordance with Governor Whitmer and MDHHS guidelines.
The safety of our long-term care residents, patients, and staff continues to be our #1 priority and we will continue to take extraordinary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are staying up-to-date with State of Michigan, CMS, CDC, and MDHHS recommendations as they continue to change.

For COVID-19 updates at Marlette Regional Hospital, please visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org or visit our Facebook page.

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Visitor Restrictions for all MRH-Owned Facilities

We are updating our Visitor Restrictions to the following:

o Emergency Department –
▪ One designated visitor that must remain in the ED the whole time, once the visitor leaves, they will not be permitted to return until the patient is discharged.
▪ Pediatric patients under the age of 17, two healthy parents that must remain at the bedside.
▪ Extenuating circumstances such as critical care, possible end-of-life-state, will be handled case-by-case.
▪ Patients presenting with COVID symptoms-No visitors until the COVID test comes back negative. If it comes back positive the patient will continue to have no visitors.

o Surgical Services – one bed-side visitor that must remain in the patient’s room
▪ Pediatric patients under the age of 17 in any setting are allowed two parents/relatives to be present
o Inpatient, Observation, Swing Bed Patients –
▪ Two visitors per patient at a time that must stay in the patients room the whole time.
▪ Visitors ages 13 – 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
▪ Patients admitted that are COVID positive, No visitors in the COVID rooms.
▪ Extenuating circumstances such as critical care, possible end-of-life-state, will be handled case-by-case.

o Long-Term Care (LTC) – please contact the LTC at 989-635-4400o Hospice – Visitation shall be accommodated, please check in at the Hospice Residence Nurses Station.

o Outpatient Testing – only the patient, unless the patient is under the age of 17, then a parent may accompany
▪ Unless extenuating circumstances require a visitor to be present

o Outpatient Procedure with Sedation – one bed-side visitor that must remain in the patient’s room
▪ Pediatric patients under the age of 17 in any setting are allowed two parents/relatives to be present

o Physician Office Appointments – one visitor accompanying the patient
• ALL allowed visitors must pass health screening prior to visit and are required to wear a mask at all times for the duration of their visit. Visitors that fail to follow this requirement will be asked to leave.
• Visitor accommodations shall be flexible in all care settings for patients with physical or mental disabilities of any kind, including patients who are deaf, hard of hearing and / or blind.
• If more visitors present than are allowed to visit, the excess visitors will be asked to remain in their vehicle.
• All visitors will be required to socially distance themselves from the patient, other visitors and all staff.
We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 activity in our area along with the surrounding communities and updating patient visitation accordingly and / or as allowed by state and federal regulations.


UPDATED HOSPITAL VISITATION
6.13.2022 @ 12:00 pm
2770 Main Street | Marlette, MI 48453 | 989-635-4000 | marletteregionalhospital.org