Covid-19 numbers are rising in Decatur County. Wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and consistent hand washing are the keys to slowing the spread. Please help protect your family, friends, neighbors, community members, and essential workers by taking these measures.
Visitor Policy – Effective November 10, 2020
NO VISITORS ARE ALLOWED IN THE DECATUR COUNTY HOSPITAL FACILITY, WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS:
- One adult may accompany a minor for an appointment, or for a visit to the Emergency Room.
- One adult may accompany a patient who needs assistance with completing paperwork or making health care decisions.
ALL APPROVED VISITORS MUST:
- Enter through the main entrance except when accompanying someone in the Emergency Room or if otherwise directed by hospital staff.
- Be screened for an elevated temperature upon each entry to the facility.
- Wear a face mask AT ALL TIMES.
- 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.
- Be free from illness (fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough, vomiting, or diarrhea).
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country and the world, we all must remain vigilant. The changes we have had to make to routines and daily life are extremely hard, but these changes are even more important now and in the future. We must stop the spread of this new and dangerous virus. The more steps you and your family can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the safer you will be.
Three Important Ways to Slow the Spread
- Wear a mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others. Click here to learn more about masks including how to select masks, how to wear masks, making masks, storing and washing masks, and other considerations for masks.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about two arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you, particularly in crowded areas.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Watch for symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19.
What to Do If You’re Sick
- Stay home except to get medical care. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and recover at home without medical care.
- Isolate yourself from other members of your family to prevent spread to them and the people that they may have contact with, like grandparents.
- If you have to leave isolation, wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart from others, wash your hands frequently, and clean all touched surfaces.
- Even if you don’t feel sick, you can spread COVID-19 to others. Be sure that you protect everyone as though they are the most fragile person in your family.
- Get care immediately if you are having emergency warning signs, like trouble breathing, pain or pressure in chest.
When to seek emergency medical attention
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
For more information, visit these trusted sources:
- Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
- Iowa Department of Public Health: https://idph.iowa.gov/
- Decatur County Public Health: https://www.facebook.com/DecaturCountyPublicHealth
- 211IOWA: https://www.211iowa.org or dial 211 from a landline phone.