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Sparrow limits patient visitors to one in wake of omicron spread


As omicron transmission rates rise, Sparrow Health System is modifying its visitor policy to contain the spread.

Starting Tuesday, only one visitor will be allowed per patient each day, down from the current maximum of two. The new policy follows an increase in the number of Sparrow caregivers who themselves have tested positive for COVID-19. Chief Nursing Officer Amy Brown says right now, that’s about 200 staff members.

“That significantly impacts the ability to take care of patients as well, because we plan on a certain number and on any given shift, you know, it’s reduced because of the number of caregivers.”

Visitors are required to wear a mask indoors at all Sparrow locations. Brown says they’re trying to create more opportunities for phone calls and video visits between patients and their loved ones.

Kevin Lavery has been news director at WKAR since September 2006.