MHA Issues Statement on Executive Order Restricting Entry into Healthcare Facilities
Posted on March 15, 2020
The following statement can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
The MHA appreciates Gov. Whitmer issuing Executive Order 2020-7, which provides important clarifications to the visitor and screening requirements for healthcare facilities originally issued in the now rescinded Executive Order 2020-6. The actions taken by the administration demonstrate its concern for the safety of patients and staff and how care is delivered in the acute care setting.
While these restrictions may be burdensome for some, they have been enacted to protect frontline caregivers and critically ill individuals from the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the revised language will allow for visitors in certain special circumstances, such as allowing parents to be with a child, or a partner to be with a mother giving birth.
We ask for the public’s patience and support as hospitals implement these requirements to screen not only visitors but staff entering their buildings. These additional processes make it even more critical that people who do not absolutely need to be at the hospital do not go there. We continue to urge patients who have COVID-19 symptoms who are not experiencing an emergency to call their primary care provider’s office for guidance before traveling to any healthcare facility in person. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call your local hospital.
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