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Visitor Restrictions

Please Call Ahead Before Any Visit & Wear a Mask or Face Covering

To reduce community spread of COVID-19, we're asking all patients to please call ahead before visiting a clinic. If you have an appointment at a UnityPoint Health location, please wear a mask or face covering except for children under two years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove the mask without assistance.

UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Visitor Restrictions in Place

To protect our patients, families and health care workers during the global outbreak of COVID-19 the following visitor restrictions are being implemented at UnityPoint Health – Grinnell.

Effective November 13, 2020, all visitors at GRMC's hospital and clinics will be suspended until further notice.

We recognize that there are times when having a visitor or family member present is crucial. In these cases, visitors will be allowed based on the following exceptions:

  • In Maternity Services (Labor, Delivery and Postpartum): One support person will remain in the patient room for the duration of the patient visit.

  • The patient is imminently dying: Patients who are at the end-of-life may have one visitor.

  • The patient is suffering from confusion or delirium: Patients with disruptive behavior, development delays or an altered mental status – where a caregiver is key to their care and safety – may have one support person.

  • The patient is a minor, under the age of 18: One visitor, a parent or guardian, will be allowed in the patient room.

  • Surgery/Outpatient Areas: One support person may act as the driver for the patient. This driving visitor will remain in a designated area during their wait, and leave the premises as soon as possible.

Please note in all cases a visitor will only be allowed if they do not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell). 

Additionally, children under the age of 16 will not be allowed except under extraordinary circumstances; siblings are not allowed. Individuals at high risk for severe disease (e.g., underlying cardiopulmonary disease, poorly controlled diabetes) should not visit.

Support Person/Approved Caregiver Expectations:

  • All approved visitors/support persons must stay in the patient room for the duration of the visit. Once the visitor leaves the patient room – or their designated waiting area for surgical support persons – they must leave the hospital.

  • Masks must be properly worn by visitor/support person at all times while in the facility.

  • Please note that visitors will not be allowed for patients with a pending or positive COVID-19 test. 

We appreciate your understanding during these trying times. We understand these visitor restrictions may be difficult for you. Our primary goal is to protect our patients, team members and our communities.

Thank you for your cooperation in this effort. For up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please click here or call 2-1-1.