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New Visitor Restrictions Have Been Put in Place

August 19, 2020

Effective Friday, August 21 at 6 a.m.

NO visitors will be allowed at Boone County Hospital.

Exceptions to this restriction:  One adult (18 of age and over) designated caregiver will be allowed in the following circumstances:  

  1. The designated caregiver is needed to assist the patient with mobility (w/c, walker).

  2. In the Family Birth Center, one designated caregiver / support person for the laboring mother.

  3. The patient is being treated in the Emergency Department (ED). One designated caregiver will be allowed in the patient’s room (as clinically allowed) to support the care of the patient.

  4. The patient is a minor under the age of 18 years. One parent / designated care giver / guardian at a time will be allowed in the patient’s room to support care of the patient.

  5. The patient is suffering from confusion or delirium or has altered mental status.

  6. The patient is undergoing surgery. One designated caregiver will be allowed with the patient in the pre-surgical area, in waiting rooms through the duration of the patient’s surgery, and in the post-surgical care area (as clinically allowed) until the patient is discharged home OR is admitted to an inpatient nursing unit.

  7. A patient is imminently dying. More than one caregiver may be allowed at the discretion of the clinical care team; caregivers may rotate. Visitors under the age of 18 may be allowed in this case, at the discretion of the clinical care team.

  8. Final decisions regarding access will be made at the discretion of the patient’s attending physician in coordination with the clinical care team.

In all cases, the designated caregiver allowed under these exceptions must pass screening guidelines, practice good hand hygiene, and wear a face mask while present.

Visitors will not be permitted if the patient is COVID-19 positive or is a COVID-19 Person Under Investigation (PUI) except in the case of a patient imminently dying.

Language interpreters, clergy/chaplains, and manufacturers’ representatives required to manage devices during testing or procedures are treated as members of the care team and will be permitted access.

We understand these visitor restrictions may be difficult for you and will make every effort to support interactions between family and friends.

Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.

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