Visitor Limitations Ease at UnityPoint Health - Grinnell

UnityPoint Health News - Updated Visitor Restrictions at GRMC, June 25, 2020
Grinnell, IA – June 25, 2020 – UnityPoint Health is currently limiting visitors at all hospitals, due to COVID-19. This is intended to help reduce exposure to respiratory illnesses. Specific guidelines vary region-to-region. However, as each region experiences its own surges and local outbreaks at different times, some regions are beginning to ease visitor limitations. Conditions must be appropriate in each region and site of care, and certain criteria met, before visitor limitations can be lessened.

At UnityPoint Health – Grinnell, the work continues to prioritize the health and safety of patients, families and team members. Visitor limitations were enacted in March as a precaution to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Effective Thursday, June 25, the following visitors are allowed:
  • If a patient is imminently dying, two designated visitors are allowed.
  • Emergency, Medical/Surgical, and Intensive Care units: one designated caregiver/visitor allowed.
  • In Maternity Services (labor and delivery, postpartum, antepartum): one designated caregiver/support person AND one designated doula are allowed in the labor and delivery room; following delivery, one designated caregiver/support person.
  • If a patient is under the age of 18, they may have two designated caregivers (parent or legal guardian) at a time in the patient’s room to support the care of the patient.
  • Surgery, Clinics, and Outpatient Areas: one designated caregiver/visitor allowed.
  • If a patient is COVID-19 positive or suspected to have COVID-19: visitors will not be allowed.
Visiting hours at UnityPoint Health – Grinnell are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Designated caregivers and visitors must be free of any signs of illness and will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. Visitors and designated caregivers should bring a mask or face covering to wear upon entering the hospital or clinic and at all times while in the facilities. Individuals at high risk for severe disease (e.g., underlying cardiopulmonary disease, poorly controlled diabetes) should not visit.

All visitors and caregivers:
  • Must be free from any signs of illness and should not be high risk for severe disease.
  • Must be age 16 or older.
  • Must remain in the patient room as appropriate and limit movement within the facility, avoiding common areas (the cafeteria will not be open to the public, but a guest tray can be ordered to a patient’s room).
  • Must follow instructions if personal protective equipment is required.
All visitors and caregivers are asked to frequently wash their hands or use hand sanitizer available throughout the facilities. Caregivers and visitors are asked to practice social distancing any time they are in a shared waiting room or public space. Visitor restrictions are intended to keep team members, patients and families safe by decreasing traffic into and out of the hospital.

You can find additional information about visitor restrictions here or where to go for the care you need. For up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website.