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Area hospitals limiting number of visitors to their facilities

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 2:58 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -Two area health facilities are changing their visitors’ policy due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

The Ottumwa Regional Health Center says in a Facebook post it will be enforcing a limited visitor policy effective immediately, each patient will be allowed ONE well visitor per day.

Pediatric patients will be allowed 2 parents or guardians as visitors.

It also says no visitors for patients who are or may be positive COVID-19. It says anyone entering their facility must pass the posted screening questions for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 based on CDC guidelines.

If you do not pass the screening at entry, Ottumwa Regional says you will need to reschedule your visit until you are symptom-free.

For more detailed information on our visitor policy please visit: https://www.ottumwaregionalhealth.com/visiting-hours

According to the latest statistics provided by the state of Iowa, Wapello County has 13 confirmed COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized.

If you would like to see how many in your county go to: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RQbCgZiAQD0C-VcXPldwPzkbA0CcG3lA/view

Pella Regional Health Center says on its Facebook page, it is very concerned about the growing spread of COVID-19 and the surge in the delta variant in our communities.

In addition, they are also experiencing a high volume of patients needing care for other reasons such as non-COVID respiratory illnesses, sprains/strains/breaks, wounds, allergic reactions, and much more.

Pella Regional urges the public to get a COVID-19 vaccine and practice preventative measures to ensure our local hospital is not overwhelmed and we can continue to offer timely, quality care to all our patients.

For more information go to: https://www.pellahealth.org/.../community-encouraged-to.../

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