Beaumont Health treats 1st coronavirus case; restricts visitations at all hospitals

Beaumont Dearborn is caring for COVID-19 patient, resulting in a visitation restriction at the hospital.

The patient is in good condition and is the first Beaumont patient who has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the health system.

The patient has been isolated to reduce the risk of exposure to others.

Beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday March 15, there will be no visitation allowed at all Beaumont sites until further notice as a precaution.

One visitor will be permitted for the following exceptions:

  • End of life
  • Mothers in labor (her significant other is permitted)
  • Pediatric or NICU patients (both parents are permitted)
  • Patients undergoing surgery

Additional exceptions to these extenuating circumstances will be determined by the hospital’s administrator on call.


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In a statement, Beaumont said: "Safety is our top priority.Beaumont is following CDC guidelines and screening protocols while maintaining standard infection control best practices. 

"Beaumont also remains in close communication with state and county public health officials to monitor the spread of the virus."

Beaumont Coronavirus HotlineBeaumont created a COVID-19 hotline, 248-551-7000, staffed by Beaumont nurses and staff seven days a week. The hotline is a community resource for timely, accurate information about COVID-19 symptoms and virtual screening for people who are experiencing symptoms.

The line is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Beaumont nurses and staff will answer questions about the virus and direct patients to the appropriate level of care including:

  • Treating symptoms at home.
  • Following up with a primary doctor.
  • Seeking treatment at an urgent care or emergency center.

Please do not call the hotline unless you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, please call 911.Beaumont is in the process of increasing the capacity of the phone line. There are also several other coronavirus hotlines available:

State of Michigan: 888-535-6136 / Oakland County: 248-858-1000 / Centers for Disease Control: 800-232-4636

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