Monroe County Hospital & Clinics COVID-19 | Precautions Visitor Restriction Tightened

Albia, IA – Due to increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the surrounding area, Monroe County Hospital & Clinics (MCHC) has implemented further restrictions.

Effective Tuesday May 5, 2020, MCHC is instituting the following restrictions:

  • Further Visitor Restrictions have been issued to restrict unnecessary additional visitors unless assisting a dependent or accompanying a minor. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. If you have special requests, please call ahead for direction. (641-932-2134)
  • Inpatient Care (Medical-Surgical), Medical Clinic, Emergency Room, Outpatient/Specialty Clinic, Lab, Radiology, Rehab Services, Surgery
    • No Visitors Allowed, unless:
      • One parent/caregiver allowed with minor child
      • One parent/caregiver allowed with dependent
    • End of Life Care
      • Please call ahead for direction. (641-932-2134)
    • To limit exposures within our facility, outside entrances will remain locked except for the Medical Clinic entrance (East parking lot) and the Emergency Room entrance (West parking lot). Patients will need to use one of these entrances to access the building for appointments or emergency care.
      • If you are a Medical Clinic patient, please enter through the Medical Clinic entrance located in our East parking lot.
      • All other patients, please enter through our Emergency Services entrance located in our West parking lot.
  • The MCHC Bistro (cafeteria) remains closed until further notice.

As a reminder, we encourage the community to follow the best practices from the CDC and IDPH 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.

At MCHC, we are following guidance provided by the CDC and IDPH to screen all who enter MCHC for symptoms including fever and respiratory signs as well as the patient’s travel history and exposure to those who have traveled. This screening process includes all who enter our facility.

If you have general questions on COVID-19, please dial 2-1-1. If you begin to experience symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, call your primary care provider before coming in.

IDPH posts statewide numbers of persons being monitored, persons being tested and test results on the IDPH webpage at Visit this web page often for up-to-date information and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth. Another great resource is, This site issues the latest resources, maps and information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

About Monroe County Hospital & Clinics

Established in 1951, Monroe County Hospital & Clinics (MCHC) is a trusted provider of high quality, local health care to the residents of Monroe County, IA and surrounding counties. Our highest mission is a promise to create an excellent health care experience. We believe it must be our number one priority to ensure the personal safety and security of each customer and employee. Our full-service, primary care hospital offers an array of inpatient and outpatient health services including surgical, clinical, specialty, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational therapy, emergency, sleep studies, pain management services and much more. Visit for more information.