To continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients, their families, and of the communities we serve, Monroe County Hospital & Clinics (MCHC) is now moving forward with further precautions. “In accordance with this, we are following the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) COVID-19 recommendations and are acting with an abundance of caution to ensure we do not elevate the risk of exposure to the virus for our colleagues, physicians, patients or community members,” said MCHC CEO Veronic Fuhs.

Effective Tuesday March 24, MCHC is instituting the following restrictions:

To limit exposures within our facility, outside entrances will be locked except for the Medical Clinic entrance (East parking lot) and the Emergency Room entrance (West parking lot). Patients will need to use one of these entrances to access the building for appointments or emergency care.

• If you are a Medical Clinic patient, please enter through the Medical Clinic entrance located in our East parking lot.

• All other patients/visitors, please enter through our Emergency Services entrance located in our West parking lot.

The MCHC Bistro (cafeteria) is closed to all general public until further notice.

Visitor restrictions include:

Emergency Room & Inpatient Care


• Two visitors per patient at a time

• No visitors under 16 years of age

• Do not visit if you are sick


• One visitor per patient

Outpatient, Specialty

• One visitor per patient

Medical Clinic

We ask patients please limit the number of family members present. If possible, leave family members and friends at home.

As a reminder, we encourage the community to follow the best practices from the CDC and IDPH to help prevent the spread of all viruses:

• Wash your hands often.

• Stay home if you are sick.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

This month’s board meeting is cancelled.

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