Due to COVID surge, Sparrow to limit patient visitors

Published: Jan. 10, 2021


Due to the prevalence of the COVID virus within our region and increased transmission of the Omicron variant, Sparrow is modifying its inpatient visitor policy throughout the Health System in order to better protect caregivers, visitors and patients. 
The following is effective Tuesday, Jan. 11:

  • Only one visitor allowed per patient each day. Patients or their representative will be asked to coordinate with their family and friends so the appropriate visitors are allowed access. Currently, two visitors are allowed per patient.
  • Patients in Pediatrics and Women’s Services units can have two visitors designated throughout their stay. There is no change in the policy for these units.
  • There is also no change in policy for patients in the Emergency Department, who may have one visitor once they are in a room.
  • Comfort Care/End-of-Life patients will be addressed on a case by case basis.

Reducing the number of visitors into the health system helps to limit the potential spread of the virus as we experience a record high number of COVID positive patients and caregivers. We will re-evaluate the policy when COVID numbers decline. Although the increase in COVID positive patients and caregivers may warrant tighter restrictions, Sparrow believes visitation is an important part of the healing/caring process.

All COVID-19 positive patient visitors must set up an appointment by calling 517.364.2514.

All visitors are required to properly wear face masks at all Sparrow locations. If a mask is not being properly worn, the individual will be asked to leave the facility and may lose their visitation rights.


Sparrow is Mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit Sparrow.org.