COVID 19 Update

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
Due to the continually changing COVID-19 situation, only scheduled outpatients will be allowed through the main entrance of Decatur County Hospital effective as of 3:00pm on March 20, 2020. Scheduled outpatients include those with appointments to any outpatient clinic, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, infusion, Senior Life Solutions, radiology, and/ or lab. The Medical Surgical floor and the Emergency Department are restricted to patients only and are closed to all visitors. The main entrance will be locked each weekday from 4pm to 7am on the following business day and from 4pm on Friday afternoon to 7am Monday morning. For those needing assistance with billing questions or payments, please contact the DCH Business Office at 641-446-4871. For all other questions, please contact DCH Administration at 641-446-2339.

Covid 19 closure

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Beginning at noon today (March 17, 2020), and continuing through March 31st, Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. Our first priority is the health and safety of our patients, staff, and providers. With that in mind, we are closing the Cafeteria, Emergency Waiting Room and the Just Because Gift Shop.

Anyone accompanying an emergency patient will be asked to wait in their car while we care for the patient. No emergency visitors will be allowed inside the hospital. At this time, inpatients may have two (2) visitors. These are to be the same two (2) visitors for the duration of their stay. If you have an existing appointment for any of our services, our staff will contact you regarding the status of that appointment.

Click here to read the full press release.

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Decatur County Hospital has voluntarily implemented precautionary procedures to protect our patients, providers, staff and community

ATTENTION VISITORS

For the safety of our patients, families, and colleagues, at this time the following visitor restrictions are in effect:

  • Only TWO visitors are allowed for each patient (parents/stepparents, spouse/significant other, etc)
  • Visitors must:
    • Wash hands upon entering and exiting the patient’s room (Soap and water OR Alcohol-based hand foam/gel)
    • Be 16 years of age or older
    • Always remain in the patient room, as appropriate
    • Limit movement within the facility
    • Be free from illness (fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough, vomiting, or diarrhea)

HELP PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY

We also encourage you to follow precautionary procedures when in public. If you have a cough, or are suffering from respiratory symptoms, avoid public as much as possible. Especially avoid community members who are in vulnerable populations such as the elderly and immunocompromised. As always, we encourage you to frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

HOW TO FIND RELIABLE INFORMATION FOR FUTURE UPDATES

Due to the widespread uncertainty about this condition, we encourage you to pay close attention to the source of information providing updates about this issue. For current updates, please access the following trusted websites:

Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov

Iowa Department of Public Health at https://idph.iowa.gov

Decatur County Public Health at www.facebook.com/DecaturCountyPublicHealth

211 IOWA www.211iowa.org or call: 2-1-1, or 515-246-6555