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Greater Regional Health updates visitor restrictions

Greater Regional’s number one priority is patient and staff safety and its focus is to take care of its patient population.

Starting March 25, visitors are NOT allowed unless the visitor is a designated caregiver and the patient falls into one of these four categories:

• the patient is imminently dying

• the patient is an infant or small child

• the patient is suffering from confusion or delirium

• or the patient is in active labor. (In this case, only one designated caregiver/support person may be in the room to support the patient in labor.)

Designated caregivers must be free of any signs of illness. Individuals at high risk for severe disease — e.g., underlying cardiopulmonary disease, poorly controlled diabetes — should not visit.

Designated caregivers:

• 16 years and older

• Siblings are not allowed

• Always remain in patient room as appropriate

• Limit movement within the facility and avoid common areas

• Free from illness such as fever, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, vomiting or runny nose.

Designated caregivers are required to wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol- based hand foam/gel upon entering and exiting patient’s room. Team members will provide instructions if additional PPE is required.

We understand these visitor restrictions may be difficult for some. While GRH is committed to providing a family-centered care environment, right now restricting visitors is in the best interest of our patients and staff.

Thank you for your cooperation in this effort. For up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit www.idph.iowa.gov. or call Greater Regional’s Help Desk from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 641-782-1194. For after hours, call 641-782-7091.

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