Family and Visitors

Updated Visitor Policy for COVID-19

Visitor policies updated on May 4, 2022.

We understand how difficult visitation restrictions can be for our patients and their families. These important, temporary changes will help us minimize the number of people in our hospitals and health centers, and keep risk of infection low.

What to Expect When You Arrive

Plan Ahead for Valet and Parking Delays: Valet services on our main hospital campus in Ann Arbor are currently affected by the nationwide labor shortage. We know valet is an essential service for many of our patients, and are taking a number of steps to address the issues affecting this service. In the meantime, we encourage self-parking for patients and guests when possible. Please plan your arrival time to allow for possible delays. Learn more about parking at the main medical center.

Screening: All visitors will be screened upon arrival at any of our hospitals or health centers. We do not allow anyone to visit our patients who has symptoms of illness. Visitors must also check in at the Guest Services Desk at the entrance of each hospital or health center.

Masks: A hospital-provided medical mask is required to be worn by all patients and visitors on Michigan Medicine grounds, including in patient rooms, in parking lots and while in our health care facilities. Masks are provided at each patient entrance.

Masks are required for children over the age of 5, but we encourage masks for children over the age of 2, if possible. Children may be allowed to wear a face mask they have brought from home if the hospital-provided masks do not provide an appropriate fit. Please note that masks with valves are not allowed as they allow droplets to be released into the air around you. 

Our health care teams do not provide exemptions to the mask requirements at our hospitals and health centers.  Visit our Mask-Wearing to Prevent COVID-19 page on uofmhealh.org for more about the why, who, and how of mask-wearing.

Visitor Restrictions by Patient Type

Pediatric Inpatients

Neonatal and pediatric patients are allowed up to 4 visitors. For pediatric patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are being evaluated for COVID-19, up to 2 visitors are allowed.

Pediatric Inpatients at End of Life

Up to 6 designated visitors may visit a patient at end of life. If the patient has tested positive or is being evaluated for COVID-19, only  4 visitors are allowed for pediatric patients.

The patient’s care team makes the determination that a patient is considered at end of life if the patient has been transitioned to comfort care or is considered to be within hours or days of end of life.

Pediatric Inpatients at Discharge

For pediatric patients being discharged from the hospital, up to 4 adult primary caregivers may accompany a patient on the day of discharge.

Labor and Delivery

Up to 4 support persons may accompany a patient on the labor and delivery or postpartum unit. The support persons must wear masks at all times while in the hospital. If the patient has tested positive for or is being evaluated for COVID-19, up to 2 support persons are allowed.

Outpatient Infusion

Two adult primary caregivers can accompany each pediatric patient to their infusion appointment unless an additional aide or assistant is required.

Outpatient Surgery and Procedures

Two primary caregivers are allowed to accompany each pediatric patient (under 21 years of age) to a procedure or same-day surgery, unless an additional aide or assistant is required. Only one adult primary caregiver is allowed for pediatric patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are being evaluated for COVID-19, and the caregiver must remain in the patient's room.

For patients that are admitted to the hospital after surgery, the visitor restrictions for pediatric inpatients shown above would apply.

Outpatient Clinics

Two parents/guardians or designees are allowed to accompany each pediatric patient (under 21 years of age) to an appointment, unless an additional aide or assistant is required. If necessary due to child care or school closures, siblings may accompany the primary caregiver to the appointment.

Children’s Emergency Services

Two adult primary caregivers can accompany each pediatric patient. Siblings and extended family are not permitted at this time. No visitors are allowed to wait in the emergency services waiting room or other locations in the hospital once the patient is taken back to a room. For patients who are diagnosed with or being evaluated for COVID-19, 2 primary caregivers are permitted who must remain masked in the patient room except for restroom or food breaks.

Psychiatric Emergency Services

One adult caregiver can accompany each pediatric patient. Siblings and extended family are not permitted at this time.

For pediatric patients who have tested positive for or are being evaluated for COVID-19, one visitor is allowed.

Radiology and Laboratory

One parent/guardian may accompany each pediatric patient (under 21 years of age) unless an additional aide or assistant is required. While this is discouraged, siblings may accompany the primary caregiver to the appointment if necessary due to child care or school closures.

How can I reach a patient in the hospital?

Due to COVID-19, current visitor restrictions may limit your ability to visit your loved one during their hospital stay. But that doesn’t mean you can’t connect. See our Connecting Remotely: Options for visiting virtually with family and friends for tips on communicating via video, voice or text.