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UP Health System eases zero-visitor restrictions

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette and UPHS-Bell announced on Monday the transition from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions.

The updated restrictions, which will now allow most patients to have one visitor or support person per stay, are effective immediately.

As part of the updated visitor restrictions, patients may choose one designated, healthy visitor for the duration of the patient’s stay. This also includes one companion for outpatient appointments and one support person for obstetric patients, including one certified doula or midwife during labor.

All visitors must be 18 years or older and will be screened upon entry. They will be required to wear a mask and a dated UPHS visitor sticker for identification while in the facility. Visitors are permitted between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. at UPHS-Marquette and must remain in the patient’s room except for the use of restrooms.

At UPHS-Bell, visitors are permitted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and also must remain in the patient’s room except for the use of restrooms and vending machines.

Visitors who do not pass the screening at entry will be asked to reschedule their visit until they are symptom-free. Visitors are not allowed for patients in isolation, including those who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19.

Both UPHS facilities continue to screen everyone who enters the facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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