Updated September 1, 2021

As COVID-19 numbers continue to increase throughout our communities, we will adjust our visitor policy accordingly. Patients and visitors are required to wear a mask at all Guthrie County Hospital and GCH Clinics.

Visitor Policy

Beginning September 1, 2021, hospitalized patients will be allowed to have one visitor with them per day between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p. m. These visitors will be able to rotate on different days throughout the patient’s stay. Visitors are different than a designated caregiver. 

These new guidelines do not impact the current guidelines for end-of-life, dependent adult or dependent child situations. Exceptions may be made if there are extenuating circumstances.

Here is an overview of the updated visitor guidelines:

  • Visiting hours from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Exclusion: pre-procedure patients may arrive with one visitor at the time of their arrival.
  • One visitor per patient per day will be allowed.
  • Visitors must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Visitors will be required to check in at the hospital entrance and receive a “visitor” sticker that must be worn while in the hospital.
  • Visitors must wear a mask the entire time they are in the hospital, including in the patient room. They must practice hand hygiene and social distancing. Please do not visit if you feel unwell.
  • A visitor is different than the designated caregiver, who can be with the patient 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is necessary to the patient’s care. Examples of this would be parents/guardians of a minor or someone that is able to advocate care needs of a dementia patient.
  • Visitors and designated caregivers are allowed to order from the cafeteria.

Designated Caregiver Guidelines

A designated caregiver(s) will be allowed in the following circumstances: 

  • A patient is imminently dying: Two caregivers will be allowed at a time; caregivers may rotate at the discretion of the clinical care team. Visitors under the age of 18 may be allowed in this case, at the discretion of the clinical care team. 
  • The patient is being treated in an Emergency Department, Outpatient Areas, Clinics and/or Surgery: One designated caregiver is allowed.  
  • The patient is a minor under the age of 18 years: Up to two parents /designated caregivers/guardian at a time will be allowed in the patient’s room to support the care of the patient. 
  • The patient is suffering from confusion or delirium: One designated caregiver will be allowed in the patient’s room to support the care of the patient. 

Designated caregivers: 

  • Siblings under the age of 18 are not allowed. 
  • Must always remain in patient room as appropriate. 
  • Free from illness such as (fever, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, vomiting or runny nose). 
  • Limit movement within the room. 

Visitor restrictions are subject to change as necessary.

Patient Care Area

Patient Care AreaVisitor Information
Medical-Surgical UnitOne designated caregiver will be allowed to support the care of the patient (i.e., patient with dementia, dependent child, individual with behavioral/cognitive deficits).One visitor per day between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.Visitor must mask at all times and remain in the patient room.
Actively Dying/End of Life/HospiceTwo visitors at a time allowed in patient’s room.Must mask at all times and remain in the patient room.Visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed in this case at the discretion of the charge nurse/manager.
Emergency DepartmentOne designated caregiver or visitor will be allowed to support the care of the patient.Must mask at all times and remain in the room as care needs allow. If visitor must leave for care need, please direct to wait outside or in their vehicle.
Diagnostic Testing Outpatient Services Procedural Areas SurgeryOne designated caregiver/visitor with patient per day.Must mask at all times and remain in designated area.Designated caregiver/visitor will be allowed with patient throughout the duration of patient’s procedure in approved areas.
GCH ClinicsOne designated caregiver or visitor will be allowed to support the care of the patient.Must mask at all times and remain in the room as care needs allow. If caregiver/visitor must leave for care need, please direct to wait outside or in their vehicle.
COVID-19 Suspect or Confirmed patientsNo visitors/caregivers are allowed. All efforts will be made to allow for alternative means of visiting via phone, FaceTime, or other electronic applications.