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Updated Visitor Restrictions effective 11/6/20

Thursday, November 5, 2020

For the safety of our patients, staff and community, Grant Regional will implement updated visitor restrictions effective Friday, November 6.

All individuals (patients, support persons, visitors, or vendors) will be screened at entry and will be required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth during the entire time in the facility.

Visitor Hours are 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (exceptions for end of life, pediatric patient, OB)

New visitor restrictions include:

  • No visitors may accompany patients to Clinic, Surgery, Outpatients, ER, Lab, Rehab, Specialty, or Radiology appointments (except OB ultrasound)
  • No visitors are allowed for confirmed/suspected COVID-19 patients in Med/Surg or ER
  • One visitor is allowed per day for Med/Surg inpatients
  • Two healthy parents/guardians for pediatric inpatients/clinic/ER
  • One healthy support person and/or doula for OB patients

Requirements include:

  • Visitors must be over 18 years of age
  • Visitors will be screened at entrance including temperature and symptom check. No visitors waiting in public areas of the hospital.
  • Visitors ARE REQUIRED to maintain social distancing and cover their nose and mouth with a face covering while on-site. This is without exception.
  • Exceptions will be made for compassionate care including end of life and patients with cognitive or physical impairments.
  • Visitors with a positive exposure to COVID-19 or elevated temperature will not be allowed entry without prior approval.
  • The Perfect Blend Coffee Shop will be curbside pick-up only. Call (608) 723-1775 to order and pay by phone.

Because we know how important visitors are to our patients, we will allow very limited visitors for our inpatients. To clarify, we are now allowing one visitor over 18 years of age per day per inpatient. We ask that you do not bring small children or additional family members do not accompany you to your appointments unless that appointment is for that child. The Perfect Blend Coffee Shop will move to only phone orders and curbside pick-up for public. The Hospitality Café remains closed to the public for inside dining, but guest trays are available for inpatient visitors.

It’s time to get back to better health

The COVID-19 crisis pushed pause on so many aspects of our lives. Now, there’s a renewed emphasis on getting the important, time-sensitive care you need, including diagnostic and screening exams like CTs, MRIs, mammograms and more. And although COVID-19 has changed the world, it hasn’t changed the fact that hospitals are one of the safest places to be for care including emergency situations like heart attack, stroke or urgent illnesses or injuries.

Delaying important medical care can have serious consequences. We want to reassure patients that it’s safe to get the care they need, which can help prevent medical conditions from becoming more severe and leading to an emergency visit or negative long-term impacts. As always, early detection and treatment improves our ability to provide the most comprehensive and effective care for you. We also continue to offer video health visits if patients would rather call from home.

It’s no surprise that people are nervous to come to a hospital or clinic. But it’s important to know that we are taking extra precautions to keep our patients and staff safe. We call it our Safe Care Promise, our way of placing an important focus on enhanced safety protocols designed to help protect and reassure patients our hospital is a safe place to receive care. We continue to screen everyone entering the hospital, we require everyone to mask, we are committed to enhanced sanitizing, and we have advanced measures in place for social distancing including staggering appointments and modifications to waiting rooms and public areas.

We encourage everyone to do your part to help keep yourself and others safe from the virus. We strongly recommend following the CDC guidelines now and in the weeks to come:

  • Wear face coverings over your nose and mouth.
  • Wash hands–frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home if possible – especially if you have any symptoms.
  • Practice physical distancing – stay 6’ away from people who do not live in your household.

We are also encouraging anyone with Covid-related symptoms or think they may have been exposed to the virus, to take advantage of the Free Community Testing that will take place in our county. For more information about Community Testing, you can reach out to Grant County Health Department for more specific details by calling 723-6416.

Questions? Please call before coming in (608) 723-2143.