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In keeping with a commitment to patient safety, UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital, as well as UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown, Grundy County Memorial Hospital and Community Memorial Hospital will limit patient visitations during the global outbreak of COVID-19 and continued widespread seasonal influenza activity. The following restrictions are effective immediately to help limit the potential spread of novel coronavirus.
UnityPoint Health recognizes and appreciates the interest people have in supporting family and friends who are hospitalized. However, these precautionary measures are being taken to provide optimal safety for patients as instances of seasonal flu is on the rise.
The changes in visitation policy are in addition to the precautions already taken to guard against the spread of illness. Visitors should wash their hands before and after visiting a patient and should cough or sneeze into a tissue or shirtsleeve. Sanitation stations are located throughout the facility to limit the spread of infectious disease.
The health risks from cold and flu remain high, so limiting visitors to hospitalized patients – as well as those who accompany outpatients to clinics and procedure visits – will help keep everyone safe. While the risk of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is currently low in the region, these restrictions serve as a preventive measure for that virus.
For more ways to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza, and for the latest updates and guidance in this rapidly evolving situation, please visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov or Iowa Department of Public Health at idph.iowa.gov/.