New Visitation Guidelines Implemented at Bronson Commons in Response to COVID-19

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VISITATION GUIDELINES

Patients and residents may have visitors of their choice at any time. Visitors must help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our vulnerable patients. Adhere to the Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention at all times.

 CORE PRINCIPLES OF COVID-19 INFECTION PREVENTION
  • Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, should not enter the facilities. Facilities should continue to screen all who enter for these visitation exclusions.
  • Vaccination continues to be the most effective measure to prevent serious illness from COVID-19. Visit https://www.bronsonhealth.com/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine/ to schedule a vaccine or booster. If you are a Bronson Commons patient, talk to your unit coordinator RN.
  • All individuals (visitors, patients, and employees) should maintain proper hand hygiene at all times (alcohol based rub is preferred).
  • All individuals should wear face covering or mask (covering mouth and nose) and maintain physical distancing at least six feet between people at all times, in accordance with CDC guidance.
  • Instructional signage should be placed throughout the facility to educate visitors of COVID-19 signs and symptoms, infection control precautions, and applicable facility practices.
  • The facility must clean and disinfect high-frequency touched surfaces often
  • Staff must use appropriate PPE
  • Patients who are positive for COVID-19 must be cohorted per CMS, CDC, and MDHHS guidelines
  • Patients and employees must be tested as required by CMS, CDC and MDHHS.
  • Visitors who are unable to adhere to the Core Principles should not be permitted or should be asked to leave.
PLANNING YOUR VISIT
Bronson Commons is required to screen for visitor exclusions. Do not visit if:
  • You have had a positive COVID-19 test or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the previous 10 days, or longer if your symptoms persist.
  • You have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
  • You have the following symptoms:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough or shortness of breath
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • You have symptoms of any infectious illness such as cold or flu

The designated visit location is the patient’s room.

  • Patient rooms can accommodate up to THREE (3) visitors at a time to ensure space for social distancing  
  • We recommend adults and fully-vaccinated children

Patients under quarantine or transmission-based precautions for COVID-19 may have visitors if they choose to. We will provide you with personal protective equipment (PPE) as needed to prevent transmission to yourself and others. Consider the patient’s need for care and rest, and their own personal risk under these circumstances. We suggest limiting visitors to the patient’s designated advocate or those directly involved in the patient’s care.

  • PPE will be provided to visitors as recommended, depending on the area they are visiting.
ARRIVAL AND SCREENING
  • Put on your mask to enter the building.
  • Complete all screening questions. If any conditions are not met, we cannot permit you to visit.
  • Take your temperature at the kiosk. If you have a fever, we cannot permit you to visit.
  • Sanitize your hands.
  • If you are wearing a cloth mask, change to a surgical mask (provided at the check-in table).
  • After screening, press the intercom button on the brick wall. An employee will review your answers and grant entry if you meet guidelines.
WEAR YOUR MASK
  • In this healthcare setting, visitors must wear a mask and socially distance at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Follow directions and wear additional PPE when visiting patients under investigation for COVID.
  • Patients may choose to not to wear a mask when other patients are not present, and may have close contact with their visitor if desired. Please be aware there is an additional risk of physical contact if either individual is not fully vaccinated.
LIMIT TRAFFIC AND KEEP DISTANCE
  • Limit traffic in the hallways. Go directly to the patient’s room and remain there at all times. Do not walk around to other areas of the facility.
  • Maintain a six foot distance from others at all times, including outside.
  • Visitors may not assist with meals in common areas. You may assist in the patient room as permitted by the patient or advocate.
  • Do not share food.
  • When the visit is over, leave the visit site promptly.
  • Go directly to the building exit. 

 Thank you for your support and understanding as we keep your loved ones safety and well-being our top priority.