Mercy Medical Center Expands Visitation Restrictions, Screening Beginning March 16 - Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center Expands Visitation Restrictions, Screening Beginning March 16

Posted on: March 13, 2020

ATTENTION: Effective March 20, Mercy Medical Center has stopped all hospital visitation in an effort to prevent the spread of respiratory illness, including corona virus (COVID-19). Thank you for understanding and helping us keep our patients, staff and community safe during this time.

Mercy Medical Center joins hospitals around the state and country expanding visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus disease (COVID-19). To protect the health and safety of Mercy Medical Center patients, employees and the community, new visitor restrictions are being implemented effective Monday, March 16.

Visitor restrictions during the COVID-19 outbreak will include:

*  Visiting hours from 3 p.m.–7 p.m. only.
*  Visitors must be older than 16 years of age.
*  Only one visitor per patient during the visiting hour timeframe for all inpatient units.
*  One person is allowed to accompany each Mercy Emergency Department patient.
*  Maternity Unit Visitation Changes: In order to be consistent with recently recommended changes, Mercy Medical Center will only be allowing (1) support person for our maternity patients. That (1) support person must be the same person throughout the stay. Support persons can come and go as needed but cannot be switched.
*  All visitors and outpatients will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 upon entering. Please enter at Mercy Medical Center’s main entrance or Surgery Center/Cancer Center entrance. Mercy Emergency Department (ED) entrance is open for ED patients only.
*  Floral Arrangement Restrictions: For the safety of our patients, staff and volunteers, Mercy is temporarily halting the delivery of any floral arrangements to our hospitalized patients. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, but we are taking all precautions amid the COVID-19 outbreak to keep your loved ones safe.

For Mercy STATCAREs, physician practices, and outpatient locations, patients are asked to come to appointments alone, if possible. One person is allowed to accompany each patient to an appointment on an as-needed basis.

Mercy Medical Center recognizes that interacting with family and friends can be helpful to the healing process and strongly encourages everyone to utilize other forms of support for their loved ones, such as phone calls and video chats on cell phones or other mobile devices.

(Revised March 27, 2020)

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