Sparrow Hospital in Lansing to allow visits with COVID-19 patients
Officials say this is something of a trial run
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Sparrow Hospital in downtown Lansing will allow COVID-19 patients to visit with loved ones for one hour.
Officials from Sparrow say that the visits will be very structured, and that visitors won’t be allowed to just walk in. There is a strict screening process, and no one with COVID-19 symptoms may enter. Visitors will be escorted by a healthcare professional for the entire visit.
Sparrow President Alan Vierling said, ”We meet you at the door, we walk you up we have you sign a waiver because of the risk, we put you in a PAPR like a space suit, we help you get dressed, we get you into the we show you what’s safe and what’s not safe your there for a limited time.”
Sparrow Hospital spokesperson John Foren says they are allowing this because they believe they have enough PPE for staff, doctors, nurses and visitors. Every patient gets a one hour visit, but there are still going to be limitations. The visits will be limited to one hour, once per week, as the hospital does not have enough employees available to escort more visitors.
Foren says this is something of a trial run right now. There may be more or less limitations on COVID-19 patient visits in the future, depending on how well this current policy fairs.
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