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Visitor Restrictions

Updated 5/25/2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has provided guidelines for healthcare facilities to continue to take safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What you need to know

The visitor policy has been revised to allow visitors in our facilities, with limitations at some hospitals. Please check the visitor policy of the hospital you are visiting for hours and other hospital-specific details.*

We recognize the importance of love and support when a patient is hospitalized or receiving care. Because our patient care philosophy depends greatly on engaging families as part of the healing process, any decision to restrict visitation and limit family presence is difficult. However, the health and safety of our patients and employees is of utmost importance.

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What has changed

  • Masks must be worn at all times by staff, patients and visitors age five years and older. Anyone who refuses to wear a mask will not be allowed to enter the facility.
  • All patients, visitors and staff are screened for COVID-19 before entry to our facilities, which includes a temperature check.
  • All visitors should remain with the patient except for quick trips to the bathroom or to purchase food.
  • All visitors should refrain from eating, drinking or sharing patient's restroom while visiting with inpatient.
  • For your safety, we strongly discourage visitors who are at high risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19, including older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions.

Hospital campus visitor restrictions*

To check the visitor policy of the hospital you are visiting for hours and other hospital-specific details, please click on the links below.

Policies may restrict the numbers of visitors at our facilities until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat. As we can safely allow more visitors, we will do so.

Outpatient/medical center visitor restrictions

All patients and visitors entering a Henry Ford facility for an outpatient appointment or service will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19, which includes a temperature check. Masks must be worn by anyone five years and older. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you. All safety precautions must be followed.

  • Patients who have an appointment at a Henry Ford medical center or clinic, who are coming in for lab or radiology services, or who are getting care in the Emergency Department may have one person with them to transport the patient into and around the facility.
  • Patients in outpatient settings may have one visitor present who is necessary to assist with medical care or daily living including:
    • Visitors accompanying patients who have physical, cognitive or mental disabilities of any kind and require assistance, including patients who are deaf, hard of hearing or blind
    • Visitors/caregivers needed to provide support at an appointment that will establish an ongoing treatment plan or discussion of clinical care decisions
    • Visitors with power of attorney/surrogate decision-makers, or court-appointed guardianship. They may visit as necessary for the purpose of exercising these powers. This includes visitors who are witnessing/notarizing documents for patients.
  • Pediatric patients can have one parent/caregiver with them. For infants less than 2 months old, two parents/caregivers can be with them. 
  • For pregnant patients, a spouse/partner may attend the patient's prenatal, ultrasound and NST appointments.
  • Drivers for patients undergoing surgery, procedures or emergency care must remain in the designated waiting area and leave the facility as soon as possible.
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Please call 911 if you have an emergency or urgent medical question.

If you are having symptoms of COVID-19, for your safety, please select a MyChart video visit on demand or call your primary care provider. For symptoms of COVID-19, please visit our website

Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email [email protected].

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