COVID-19 at MCHC

COVID-19 at MCHC

Visitor Restrictions

In effect as of April 12, 2022

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Monroe County Hospital & Clinics (MCHC) has taken appropriate steps to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, including limiting patient visitors when necessary.

With community transmission slowing, MCHC has lifted visitor restrictions for COVID-negative patients. COVID-positive patients will remain under strict guidelines limiting to one or two designated persons until the quarantine or isolation period is discontinued.

What you can expect upon entering MCHC:

      • All visitors and patients are required to always wear a mask. This includes visitors in a patient’s room.
      • All visitors and patients are required to be screened upon entry to the building.

Safety guidelines for everyone:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Disinfect surfaces and objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

As a reminder, we encourage the community to follow the best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to help prevent the spread of all viruses.

Screenings and Entry

All patients and visitors at Monroe County Hospital & Clinics must complete a screening prior to entry. After screenings, patients and visitors will be directed in the right direction.

Masks are Required

Masks are required to be worn by everyone facility wide, except for children under the age of two, patients and visitors with difficulty breathing, or patients who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance. Masks are available upon entry.

Find a COVID-19 testing location near you

To request a kit or pick up a kit:

Increased demand for testing is putting additional strain on health care clinics and emergency rooms. To ensure that Iowa’s health care resources are available for those who need care, Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that Iowans consider the following testing options:

  • Iowans with mild symptoms or who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual should seek testing in a health care setting or use Test Iowa at home.
  • Iowans seeking testing for travel or other proactive purposes should purchase a home test kit from a retailer or pharmacy, or schedule a pharmacy appointment.
  • Individuals experiencing severe symptoms or those who are at high risk of serious illness should seek medical care.

To learn more about COVID-19 in Iowa

Learn more about Monroe County, Iowa, please visit:

Monroe County Public Health
1801 S. B. St., Albia, IA 52531
P: 641-932-7191

Best Practices & Reminders

MCHC encourages the community to follow the best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Monroe County Public Health, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and State Hygienic Laboratory to help prevent the spread of all viruses:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Disinfect surfaces and objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.