Aspirus tightens visitor restrictions

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LAURIUM — Aspirus announced it is re-instating tighter visitor restrictions at its locations across Upper Michigan and Wisconsin to minimize the spread of respiratory infections like COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Aspirus’ temporary visitor restrictions, which became fully implemented before last weekend, apply to both inpatient and outpatient settings to protect patients, staff and community members.
These restrictions will help the Aspirus team continue to provide safe, excellent care to all who need it.
Until further notice, visitors will not be allowed at Aspirus locations, with the following exceptions:
• Clinics – One adult support person allowed for patients with specific caregiving needs.
• Compassionate care – Visitation not restricted during end-of-life situations but may be managed at the discretion of the care team.
• COVID-19 patients – Visitors not permitted with exceptions considered for pediatric patients and in end-of-life situations.
• Inpatient areas – One adult health care decision maker or support person for patients with specific caregiving needs.
• Labor and delivery patients – Birth mother and one support person.
• Outpatient treatment centers (dialysis and oncology) – One adult support person.
• Patients under 18 – Two primary adult support persons.
• Surgery/procedure patients – One adult support person, recommended to wait in vehicle or designated location.
All approved visitors are always required to wear a facemask while in an Aspirus facility.
In accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Aspirus is restricting all visitors who exhibit signs of fever or respiratory symptoms and those who are in quarantine or isolation per public health.
Aspirus said it appreciates the cooperation of its visitors, patients, associates, and providers to support infection control efforts and help minimize the spread of respiratory infections and COVID-19. Community members are also encouraged to follow safety recommendations, including wearing a mask, physical distancing and staying home when ill.