While this is exciting news and is an important step in getting us through the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important that we all stay vigilant and continue to take public health precautions for the time being. Wash your hands, wear a mask whenever you are out in public, and practice social distancing to continue to help us stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
As the vaccine becomes more widely available in our communities and surrounding areas, we want to be a resource for timely and reliable information. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes readily available. If you have specific questions related to the vaccine and your individual health, it is always a good idea to talk with your Primary Care Provider as they know your health history best and can help you make the best decision.
If you have symptoms, including a fever over 100 degrees F and respiratory conditions such as cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat, or if you have been in contact with someone who is known to have COVID-19, please call ahead before you arrive at a clinic or the hospital. This allows our health care team to take the proper safety precautions to prevent exposure for others. If your symptoms become severe, and include trouble breathing, bluish lips or face, inability to stay awake, new confusion, or persistent pain or pressure in the chest, please seek emergency care immediately by calling 911.
GCMH: 319-824-5421 (answered 24 hours)
COVID Triage Line: 319-833-5888 @ UnityPoint Clinic, Waterloo/Cedar Falls
Prepared to care
In order to best care for those in our community who may become ill with COVID-19 and help reduce community spread of COVID-19, Grundy County Memorial Hospital has put new procedures into place with a focus on your safety and health as you seek health care services at the hospital. The following procedures are in place to protect you:
Universal Masking: All patients and visitors are asked to wear a mask or face covering if you are visiting Grundy County Memorial Hospital for health care services. If you do not have a mask of your own, one will be provided for you during your visit. Masks should not be worn by children under two years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unable to remove the mask without assistance. All employees wear a mask in public spaces within the hospital, and as direct patient care is provided.
Health Screening: All patients and visitors will be asked to take part in a Health Screening as you enter the hospital for Outpatient Services or an Emergency visit. Brief questions and a check of your temperature are included in the screening.
Health Screening for Employees: All GCMH team members undergo health screening at arrival and departure from work.
Testing for those Admitted: All patients admitted to our hospital will be tested for COVID-19. This includes planned admissions and transfers of all ages who have not been tested for COVID-19 in the prior 72 hours. Pre-procedure testing for COVID-19 is in effect for the protection of those who will have a surgery or procedure scheduled.
Visitor Restrictions - Visitor restrictions are in effect during the pandemic for the safety of our patients, care team, and community. ONE visitor may accompany or visit those who are admitted to the hospital or scheduled for an outpatient visit:
- One visitor will be allowed for each hospitalized patient. The visitor should be a family member, significant other, or caregiver who will serve as the designated visitor for the length of the patient's inpatient stay.
For an outpatient visit, one family member, significant other, or caregiver is allowed to accompany a patient for their visit.
- No visitors are allowed for hospitalized patients who are in COVID isolation; if a patient is in isolation and is at end-of-life, family members may visit as deemed appropriate by the patient care team.
- Hospice or end-of-life patients who are not in isolation may have additional visitors as deemed appropriate by the patient care team.
- All visitors must be healthy. For the safety of patients, staff and other visitors, individuals with symptoms such as fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, sore throat, runny nose, new shortness of breath, fatigue, chills, vomiting or diarrhea will not be allowed to visit. All visitors are subject to a check of their temperature and brief health screening upon entrance.
- All visitors must wear a mask and stay in the patient’s room for the duration of their visit. Masks should be worn by visitors while in the patient's room. Visitors are not allowed in waiting rooms in the Inpatient department. The hospital's East J Café is open limited hours for visitors to the hospital.
- A visitor who accompanies a patient for an outpatient service may wait in an outpatient waiting room for the duration of the service.
- Exceptions may be made in certain cases and may be discussed with your patient care team.
Please remember that restrictions on the number of people who visit patients within the hospital are intended to keep team members and patients safe by decreasing traffic into and out of the hospital, and to limit movement of guests within the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Outpatient Services Available:
Following guidance from the state of Iowa, the following GCMH Outpatient Services are available:
- Surgery and Digestive Health procedures
- Radiology & Imaging screening exams such as x ray, 3D mammography, Ultrasound, MRI, CT, and Dexascan are available for those whose physician has ordered them.
- Therapy Services and Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Lab Wellness Draws are available as well as all lab services, including DOT testing
- Specialty Clinic. Individual clinic dates and times vary.
Please phone 319-824-5081 for any scheduling questions regarding hospital services.
UnityPoint Clinic - Grundy Center Family Medicine:
Weekday hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday clinic hours: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. by appointment only.
Health Education Classes & Events
Please contact GCMH Scheduling for information on classes such as:
- Diabetes Education (provider's referral is needed)
- Healthy Lifestyle Challenge
- Diabetes Prevention Program
Group wellness and health education courses are meeting virtually at this time to avoid person-to-person contact.
Changes in the delivery of health care to our communities have taken place as the hospital and all of UnityPoint Health join Iowans in preparing to care for those who become ill with COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are committed to conserving resources, protecting the health of our patients and our workforce, and caring for our community through this pandemic.