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Visitor Policy Update

Hospital Visitor Restrictions (updated September 1, 2020)

As positive COVID-19 cases continue to surge in our area, UnityPoint Health – Keokuk is returning to restricted visitors. Until further notice, all routine visiting at UnityPoint Health - Keokuk will be suspended until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat.

The decision to elevate restrictions was difficult and made only after careful consideration to protect our patients, families and health care workers. 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 exceptions listed below.

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). Additionally, children under the age of 18 will not be allowed except under extraordinary circumstances.

Visitors are not allowed, except:

  • Patients where the end-of-life is imminent may have two visitors. Exceptions will be made for patients who are end-of-life at the discretion of the patient's health care team. Two visitors may also be present during discussion of end-of-life care decisions.
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays, where caregiver provides safety, may have one visitor.
  • Minors under the age of 18 may have one visitor, parent, or guardian.
  • Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one visitor who must leave the hospital as soon as possible after the procedure/surgery.

Visitors allowed must stay in the patient's room the entire time of the visit. Once the visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the hospital. Please note that visitors will not be allowed for patients with a pending or positive COVID-19 test.

We understand these changes may impose an inconvenience to families, but they are important steps to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. Limiting visitors to our hospitalized patients will keep them safe while in our care. Anyone entering the hospital will be required to wear a mask, per the UnityPoint Health universal masking policy.

The community is encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, masking, and perform frequent hand hygiene to reduce the spread of COVID-19.