COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions (updated 8/20/2021)
If visiting or accompanying a patient as a support person, please stay with the patient the entire time and use the most direct entrance/route when entering and leaving the facility. This will help reduce the amount of foot traffic throughout the facility, and help us maintain a safe environment for our patients and staff.
- Med-Surg (inpatient): Two visitors are allowed per stay. (Pastoral visits do not count as one of the patient’s visitors.) These two visitors are allowed to visit at the same time. We strongly recommend support people be vaccinated for COVID-19. Visitors must pass the screening and follow masking guidelines. No visitors for patients with COVID-19. If the patient is awaiting results of a COVID-19 test, no visitors until test results have come back negative. Note: exceptions and compassionate considerations are in place.*
- Labor/Delivery (Obstetrics) – Up to two support people allowed. Must pass the screening and follow masking guidelines. We strongly recommend support people be vaccinated for COVID-19.
- Postpartum (Obstetrics) – Up to two visitors (in addition to partner) are allowed per stay. (Pastoral visits do not count as one of the patient’s visitors.) Visitors must be age 5 and older. Visitors must pass the screening and follow masking guidelines. We strongly recommend visitors be vaccinated for COVID-19. Note: exceptions and compassionate considerations are in place.*
- Emergency: Up to two support people per patient are allowed into the Emergency Department. Support people must pass the screening and follow masking guidelines. Note: exceptions and compassionate considerations are in place.*
- Same Day Services/Surgery: Up to two support people per patient are allowed into Same Day Services. (Fewer visitors to our Chemotherapy unit are preferred.) Visitors will be screened at the Same Day Services reception desk. Visitors must screen negative and follow masking guidelines to be allowed into Same Day Services. Note: exceptions and compassionate considerations are in place.*
- General outpatient appointments (clinic, rehab, lab, radiology, etc.): Up to two support people allowed. Support people must pass the screening and follow masking guidelines.
*Exceptions: If a visitor has proof of a PCR-positive test in the last three months, be 20 days past their time of quarantine, and is screened negative, they may visit regardless of patient COVID test status. Visitor must sign Assumption of Risk for Visitors form.
*End of Life visitor considerations: While it is WMC’s goal to support our patients and their families during this difficult time, it must be balanced with the responsibility to prevent additional spread of COVID, and to keep all patients, family members, staff and the community as safe as possible while also allowing for compassionate care at the end of life. To meet that goal, the following guidelines have been enacted:
- A physician must deem that a patient’s death is imminent.
- Limit of two visitors at a time to allow for social distancing in the room. If the room can safely accommodate an increased number of people, the guideline can be adjusted with NOC/charge nurse approval. Visitors will not be allowed to congregate in the hallways.
- Visitors will be provided with PPE and assisted to don and doff by staff.
- Visitors will be instructed to perform hand hygiene prior to leaving room.
- Visitors must remain in the room for the length of visit, and limit comings/goings.
- All visitors must sign the Assumption of Risk Waiver.
- If the patient is COVID-positive or a Patient Under Investigation (PUI), visitors will be instructed to quarantine themselves for 14 days following visit. This quarantine would be cancelled if PUI tests negative.
Regular visitor guidelines – not applicable during COVID-19 response
Visitors are welcome at Winneshiek Medical Center from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. Visitors should enter the Main Entrance on the North side of campus. The reception staff or information desk volunteer will direct you to the appropriate area of the medical center. Visitation may be restricted or limited to provide safe patient care.
Visitors are limited in the Obstetrics Department. See the Safe & Secure guidelines for specific details.
- Keep visits brief, quiet, and pleasant.
- Make sure children are accompanied by an adult other than the patient.
- Visitors should not have colds or infections.
- Observe signs on patient room doors.
Winneshiek Medical Center tobacco-free.
NO TOBACCO USAGE is permitted on any part of the hospital campus, including buildings, grounds and parking lots.