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COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

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You can have multiple visitors, but only one at a time. Each visitor will have to check in and out at the front desk.

  • Laboring Mother – one support person that can spend the night
  • Patient admitted to medical, surgical or intensive care units
  • Same Day Surgery
  • Cardiac Special Procedure Area
  • Outpatient area
  • Pediatrics – may have both parents or two adults as a need is determined.

NO VISITORS allowed in the following areas

  • Units that care for COVID positive or are awaiting COVID results patients.
  • No visitors into the Emergency Department as this is determined to be a high-risk area for COVID exposure.
  • Waiting areas will remain closed, EXCEPT in the Surgical Waiting Area and designated Outpatient departments

Visitor Parameters

  • Visitors must be at least 18 years old
  • Must pass the screening process, on a daily basis
  • Must wear the visitor badge at all times and return the badge to the screening station at the end of each visit.
  • Visiting hours will be open between 7am – 5pm. [EXCEPTION the patient is in LDR or Pediatrics.] PBX will announce the end of visitation at 1645, at which time staff will need to encourage the visitors to return to the screening table to check out and leave their badge there.
  • Visitors will wear a mask while in the facility including in the patient’s room.
  • The cafeteria will remain closed to those that are not working at the hospital.
  • Visitors must comply with any isolation precautions that are in place for a patient in the Non-COVID units.

Screening process will involve checking each priority level of the symptoms reported

High Priority SymptomsONE of these three symptoms listed requires the person to return home to self-isolate and call their primary physician for further instructions. If the symptoms warrant urgent medical care encourage the person to go call their primary care immediately, go to the Hutch Clinic Respiratory Clinic, Prairie Star Clinic or offer to take the person to the Emergency Room.

  • Fever of 100.4 F or higher
  • Lower Respiratory Illness (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing)
  • Exposure to a known COVID positive person

Lower Priority SymptomsTHREE of these symptoms requires the person to return home to self-isolate and call their primary physician for further instructions.

  • Chills
  • Muscle pain or aches
  • Tired
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Change in the ability to smell or taste
  • Diarrhea