CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

Update to hospital entrances

In an effort to strengthen COVID-19 precautions and minimize person-to-person contact across our organization, McLaren Central Michigan will be adjusting how we direct patients through our doors.” said Darrell Lentz, McLaren Central Michigan President and CEO. “We cannot emphasize enough to our community how important it is to not delay seeking care; routine, preventative and emergent. Our hospital continues to take every precaution possible to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff; this recent change in entrances is yet another example of how we continue to do just that.

The East entrance (former ER entrance) will now serve as the main point of entry into the hospital for the majority of patients. Patients accessing the Medical Arts Building, Mammography or picking up oral contrast from the hospital pharmacy will continue to use the West entrance (off of Brown St.). The Emergency Department and Morey Cancer Center entrances remain open.

Enter East Entrance for:

  • Outpatient Registration
  • Direct Admit
  • OB Registration
  • Sleep Lab
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • CT Scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Lab
  • X-Ray
  • MRI
  • HVC
  • Same Day Surgery

Enter West Entrance for:

  • Mammography
  • Medical Arts Building Clinics
  • Pharmacy

Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Restrictions on Entry into Care Facilities and Juvenile Justice Facilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 13, 2020

Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Restrictions on Entry into Care Facilities and Juvenile Justice Facilities
Governor also orders state public bodies to postpone public meetings if possible and facilitate remote participation

LANSING, Mich. --

Under Executive Order 2020-6, beginning Saturday, March 14 at 9:00am all health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities must prohibit any visitors that are not necessary for medical care, support of activities of daily living like bathing or eating, or that are not visiting under exigent circumstances. Additionally, beginning as soon as possible but no later than Monday, March 16 at 9:00am, these facilities must assess for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors for all individuals not under their care who are seeking entry into their facilities. The facilities must deny entry to any individual with these symptoms or risk factors. These restrictions will remain in place until April 5, 2020 at 5:00pm. During that time, the order encourages the affected facilities to use electronic communication platforms to facilitate visitations with individuals under their care.

Under Executive Directive 2020-2, all public bodies of departments and agencies of the state, including boards, commissions, committees, subcommittees, authorities, and councils, must consider postponing public meetings that may be moved to a later time. Additionally, department and agency public bodies subject to the Open Meetings Act that must continue to meet must do so in a way that ensures adequate notice and access for all participants. This could include remote participation by conference call, real-time streaming, or other platforms, so long as public access and participation is preserved.

“We are taking every measure we can to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and protect Michigan families,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is a hard time for families, and we will continue to put their health and safety first when making these decisions. During this crisis, we must ensure that state meetings remain open and accessible to the public. I also want to remind everyone to continue doing everything they can at an individual level to protect themselves and their families, like washing their hands and practicing social distancing. We will get through this together.”

“We believe these actions, along with those the governor has announced in the past few days, will help us slow the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan and protect our communities,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “We encourage every Michigander to remain flexible and take care of each other at this time.”

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
  • Replace handshakes with elbow bumps.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

To view executive order 2020-6 and executive directive 2020-2, click the links below: