MDH implements stricter visitor policy due to COVID-19 concerns

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MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — McDonough District Hospital is enforcing a stricter policy for visitors due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Starting Wednesday, MDH will not allow any visitors for inpatient and all outpatient services and clinics.

According to hospital officials, there are exceptions.

  • Obstetrics patients may have one designated visitor (the significant other or support person during labor and delivery).
  • A minor who is a patient may have one parent or guardian.
  • One visitor per adult inpatient per day for a patient with extenuating circumstances (such as end-of-life or trauma).
  • Children or patients with special needs may have one visitor with them. 

All visitors meeting one of those exceptions must be 18 years or older.

Every visitor will be screened for signs of a fever, respiratory illness and cough. Visitors will also be asked if they have been tested for COVID-19 and whether the results are pending or positive. 

If a visitor runs a fever of 100.5 or show symptoms of respiratory illness, they will not be allowed to enter the hospital.

Last week the hospital implemented a drive-thru screening station to test for strep, Influenza A and B and COVID-19. MDH also launched a new coronavirus nurse triage hotline. This addition can be used if a person experiences symptoms of a fever, cough or shortness of breath.

For more information on COVID-19, visit MDH’s website.