Bronson Confirms First Patient Hospitalized with COVID-19

Published on March 22, 2020

Bronson Confirms First Patient Hospitalized with COVID-19

KALAMAZOO, Mich  –  Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo County has admitted its first patient with a positive test result for COVID-19. The patient is a resident of Calhoun County and is currently in isolation at the hospital in Kalamazoo.

Bronson is following standard infection control measures to protect its providers, employees and other patients from exposure to the virus. Staff caring for this and any future COVID-19 patients wear proper protective gear and hospital employees are screened before each shift to ensure they are symptom-free. 

Bronson’s preparedness for the arrival of COVID-19 in southwest Michigan also includes travel recommendations for employees and employed providers to ensure a full complement of staff is available to care for patients during the pandemic.

Updated visitor restrictions:

To further protect the health of patients and staff, visitor restrictions were updated on March 15 following an executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer stating no visitors will be allowed at any Michigan hospital except under special circumstances.

At Bronson hospitals, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., two visitors will be allowed only for these special circumstances:

  • Patients undergoing surgery
  • Patients in Labor and Delivery
  • Pediatric patients
  • NICU patients
  • Patients in end-of-life situations

How to seek care for symptoms of COVID-19:

Bronson advises anyone that suspects they have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), to stay home and take one of the following next steps which will determine if medical care or testing is needed:

COVID-19 Prevention Tips:

Handwashing: Using soap and water wash for at least 20-30 seconds. If you are using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, make sure to thoroughly cover all surfaces on your hands and let dry. Both options are equally effective.

Avoid touching your face: It’s estimated the average person touches their face at least once every two minutes. It’s especially important to avoid the T-Zone - your eyes, nose and mouth. That’s where viruses enter and leave your body.

Social distancing: If you are going to an area where there are other people, avoid those who are sick. Stay home if you are sick; cover your cough.

Facemasks: For the general public, facemasks are recommended only for those who are sick. Healthcare workers should follow instructions about the proper personal protective equipment to use when caring for patients with COVID-19 symptoms.

Immunizations: While there is not a vaccine for coronavirus yet, it’s still important to keep up to date on all your immunizations, including the annual influenza vaccine.

Follow Travel Guidelines: The CDC regularly posts travel restrictions and guidelines based on disease outbreaks, special events and natural disasters. Be sure to consult those guidelines before travel. These can change frequently as COVID-19 spreads.

For more information and resources related to COVID-19, visit bronsonhealth.com.