Temporary Flu Visitation Rules Now in Effect

In an effort to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe, Guthrie County Hospital is implementing a Temporary Flu Visitation Rules effective immediately.

GCH has seen a significant increase in positive flu tests and people reporting flu-like illness. Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting the flu is still wide spread.

Precautionary Visitor Guidelines for Inpatient Care and ER Care

  • Limit of 2 visitors at a time in patient room
  • Visitors must be 18 years of age or older, including siblings. (For cases involving critically ill patients or end-of-life situations, please visit with nurse.)

Please DO NOT VISIT patients or dine in Sneakers Cafe if:

  • You are experiencing coughing or sneezing.
  • Have or have had any flu-like symptoms during the past 7 days.  Those symptoms include:
    1. Fever 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, and
    2. Cough, and/or
    3. Sore throat.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact your primary care provider by phone and determine the care you need.