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Visitor Restrictions Have Been Updated as of August 12

August 12, 2021

Visitor Restrictions in Effect at Boone County Hospital

INPATIENT UNITS (MSP & Family Birth Center)

  • Visiting hours will be limited from 7am - 7pm.  We ask that visitors for inpatients present to the main entrance (atrium) only during the weekdays. 

  • One visitor per patient per day will be allowed. This does not include the support person for the laboring patient until after the birth of the baby or a support person needed to assist with a patient’s physical or mental well-being while receiving care. All other persons should be considered visitors and comply with the visitor guidelines.

  • One parent/legal guardian at a time will be allowed for patients under the age of 18.

  • All visitors will continue to follow screening procedures; anyone with symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat) will not be permitted to enter the facility.

  • All visitors must wear a face mask while visiting. Visitors who fail to agree to wear a mask will not be permitted to enter the facility. 

  • Visitors must be 18 years of age.

  • Visitors will not be allowed for Covid 19 positive patients or PUI patients unless the patient is imminently dying.

  • A patient is receiving end of life cares – Visiting hours will not apply. Two visitors will be allowed at a time; visitors may rotate at the discretion of the clinical care team. Visitors under the age of 18 may be allowed at the discretion of the clinical care team. 


  • Emergency Department (ED) - One visitor will be allowed in the patient’s room to support the care of the patient. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the care team.

  • Surgical Services - One visitor 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 until the patient is discharged home OR is admitted to an inpatient nursing unit. 

Physician Clinics and Outpatient Departments: 

In all situations:

  • One adult (18 of age and over) designated caregiver will be allowed to accompany the patient and must pass screening guidelines and wear a face mask. Those who fail to agree to wear a mask or do not pass the screening process will not be permitted to enter the facility. 

  • If the patient is a minor (under the age of 18 years) one parent / designated caregiver / guardian at a time will be allowed.

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

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 continue to make every effort to support interactions between family and friends. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort. 

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