UnityPoint Health – Jones Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is updating its visitor guidelines. Starting Nov. 2, each hospitalized patient may have only one visitor per day. If a visitor leaves JRMC for any reason, they will not be able to return until the next day’s visiting hours.
JRMC recognizes that the support of visitors contributes to the healing process for patients. It is the desire to balance these important elements with the need to protect patients, visitors and staff from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other viruses.
Visitors are required to wear a mask at all times and remain in the patient’s room.
Below are some specific guidelines that have been put in place for your safety as well as the safety of all patients, visitors and staff.
All visitors must follow screening procedures upon arrival and receive a visitor badge. Anyone with symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat) or has had a known exposure to COVID-19 in the last 14 days, will not be allowed into the facility.
No visitors are allowed if loved one is displaying signs of COVID-19, has a test pending or has tested positive for COVID-19.
Only one visitor allowed for a patient per day. Once someone leaves JRMC, the visit is over until the next visiting hours. Exceptions are: in the emergency department, both parents will be allowed with a child, if a loved one is at the end of life, two visitors may be allowed depending on the situation and staff may make exceptions based on clinical judgement and patient needs on a case-by-case basis.
Visitors will be required to wear a mask and possibly other personal protective equipment (PPE) during the visit. If they do not have a mask, the hospital will provide one. Visitors should refrain from touching their face. Hands should be washed with soap and water or hand sanitizer used frequently.
Personal belongings brought into the hospital should be kept to a minimum.
Visitors are asked to go directly to the patient room and after visiting promptly exit the building. They are asked to not visit any other patients, staff or departments while in the hospital. They should not use the waiting room.
The cafeteria will be open to access food; however, social distancing and masking will be required. Seating will be very limited; food may be taken to a loved one’s room or gotten in a to go container.
At this time, no visitors under the age of 18 are allowed.
The hospital visiting hours have been set from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visiting hours and guidelines may change or be suspended at any time. The clinical team will make every effort to communicate changes as they occur.
Additionally, urgent care will not allow for a visitor in the room. If a patient arrives with a visitor, they will be asked to wait in their car while the patient is receiving their care. The hospital thanks visitors for understanding and keeping the community, patients and staff safe during this time.