In our continued efforts to protect patients, visitors and staff, we continue to limit visitation. We have updated our visitor policy to reflect the current local risk level as reported by West Central District Health Department.
Regardless of risk level, the following policy will be followed:
- Visiting hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- No visitors under age 19.
- Visitors must pass the screening, including a temperature check; wear a mask during the entire duration they are in the facility; wear a dated arm band indicating that they passed the screening; and will restrict movement inside the facility, traveling only to and from the patient room.
- Patients who are positive for COVID-19 are not allowed to have in-person visitation unless they are beyond 21 days from their positive test result and isolation precautions have been lifted. Special considerations will be made at end of life.
Visitor policy based on risk dial: please reference the updated risk dial here.
We are currently in the moderate level.
- Inpatient medical units (floors two, three and four):
- Extreme level: There will be no visitation if the WCDHD level of risk is extreme.
- Severe risk: Limited to one visitor per day during visiting hours. If the visitor leaves, they must wait until the following day during visitor hours to return.
- Elevated risk: Limited to one visitor at a time, with no restrictions on total number of visitors during visiting hours.
- Moderate risk: Limited to two visitors at a time. No restrictions on total number of visitors during visiting hours.
- Low risk: No restrictions during visiting hours.
- Outpatient departments, clinics, Cancer Center and same day services
- Patients may have one support person accompany them during their appointment.
- Low risk: For same day services only: two adult visitors will be allowed to accompany the patient.
- If the patient is admitted, visiting hours and inpatient visitor policy will be followed.
- Emergency department
- Severe, elevated, moderate and low risk levels: Patients may have one support person accompany them during their stay in the emergency department.
- Low risk: Pediatric patients may have two visitors.
- If patient is admitted, visiting hours and inpatient visitor policy will be followed.
- Behavioral health services:
- Severe, elevated, moderate and low risk levels: One adult visitor during visiting hours 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m.
- NICU and pediatric patients
- Severe, elevated, moderate and low risk levels: NICU and pediatric patients are allowed two visitors 24/7.
- COVID-19 positive pediatric patients are allowed one parent, who must remain in the room with the patient.
- Special considerations
- Patients receiving aerosolizing procedures: visitors will be asked to step out of the room for 35 minutes until it is safe to return.
- Patients on ventilators may have visitors unless other exclusionary conditions apply, such as isolation precautions.
- Patients at end of life.
- COVID-19 positive patients are limited to two family members and will receive education with regard to PPE and risks.
- COVID-19 negative patients are limited to two family members at a time with no limitations on visiting hours.
The cafeteria and coffee shop are closed to the general public, but open to individuals that are onsite to support a patient.
The health and safety of our patients and visitors is a top priority at Great Plains Health. We understand how important the support of loved ones and friends is to patients during their hospital stay. However, COVID-19 requires us to temporarily adjust our visiting policy in order to keep our patients and visitors safe from infection.
We continue to implement vigorous policies and procedures to address COVID-19 and are following all governmental recommendations as well. If you have any questions about the updated visiting policy, please ask a member of the patient’s healthcare team. Thank you for your understanding and for adhering to these policies to help us keep our patients, families, staff and visitors protected and healthy during this time.