Zero visitor protocol reimplemented at UP Health System–Bell

Previous limited visitation hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. will be suspended starting Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
Visitor restrictions at UP Health System-Bell.
Visitor restrictions at UP Health System-Bell.(UPHS)
Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 2:39 PM EST
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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - For the safety of our patients, employees, and medical staff, UP Health System - Bell is reimplementing certain visitor restrictions. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan continues to be at risk due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and the increased rate of transmission.

Previous limited visitation hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. will be suspended starting Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

“Like many communities across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on our community and demand even more of our energy and efforts,” said Mitch Leckelt, CEO of UP Health System - Bell. “We believe this effort is necessary to do our part in keeping our patients and employees as safe as possible.”

Zero Visitor Restrictions and Guidelines

The following visitor restrictions have been reimplemented at UPHS – Bell.

Effective Wednesday, November 25, 2020, visitors will only be permitted to enter our facility if they are:

  • Necessary for the provision of medical care, the support of activities of daily living, or to exercise the power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for an individual under the facility’s care;
  • Accompanying an admitted inpatient specifically at the time of admission and at the time of discharge to assist with the process and/or post-procedure. Routine visiting will not be permitted;
  • A support person with the patient in the Family Birthing Center at any time, including one certified doula or midwife during labor;
  • A parent, foster parent, or guardian of an individual under 21 years of age who is under the facility’s care;
  • Visiting an individual under the facility’s care who is in critical condition or hospice care;
  • Visiting under urgent circumstances or for the purpose of performing official government functions;
  • Able to wear an appropriate mask or face covering. If you are unable to wear an appropriate mask or face covering, you may be denied entry into the facility;
  • PLEASE NOTE: Visitors are not allowed for patients in isolation including those who are under observation for suspected or test positive for COVID-19.

Continued Screening Guidelines

We are continuing to perform a health screen for all individuals entering our facility. We must deny entry to those individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Symptoms of a respiratory infection such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, headache, the new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting;
  • Contact in the last 14 days with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.

Hours and Access

  • The main entrance to the hospital is open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • The Emergency Department entrance is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care”, added Leckelt. “We continue to provide the necessary care that our communities need.”

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