Monroe County Hospital & Clinics Revised COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

Albia, IA, March 9, 2022 – Monroe County Hospital & Clinics (MCHC) is committed to the safety of our patients, visitors, colleagues, physicians, and the communities we serve. Visitor restrictions are updated as needed to help protect the safety of patients, colleagues, and community.

Effective March 9, 2022, patients are allowed up to two (2) visitors at a time. Visitors may swap in and out, but this exchange must take place outside the facility.

***COVID-19+ patients or patients under investigation are allowed one (1) visitor/caregiver/dependent. Visitors may swap in and out, but this exchange must take place outside the facility and will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be offered prior to entering patients’ room.

Visitor hours are available between 7:00am and 7:00pm daily.

Exceptions are permitted for patients meeting certain or compassionate care criteria:

  • Children (minor) admitted to the hospital
  • Patients receiving end-of-life care
  • Developmentally/Cognitively Impaired adults


  • Check in with MCHC staff prior to entering a patient’s room.
  • Be at least 12 years of age, with the exception of extenuating circumstances, such as end-of-life.
  • Limit their visit to one (1) patient, unless approved by administration.
  • Be free of signs of illness and will be screen for symptoms of COVID-19 upon entry to our facility.
  • Adhere to COVID-19 precautionary guidelines including proper hand hygiene and mandatory masking at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Stay in their respective patient’s room, as appropriate, and only be outside of this area during entrance, exit, or if food is obtained from the cafeteria, gift shop or vending.
  • Masks are required for all visitors at all times, even when in a patient’s room.
  • During some procedures, visitors may be asked to leave.

We do recognize the patient support from a family member or friend contributes to patient experience, safety, and healing. We desire to balance these important elements with the need to protect patients, and colleagues from unnecessary exposure to COVID-19. As changes occur with our policy, based on our community needs, we encourage you to phone, video conference and stay in touch with your loved one.

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:

  • 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. Masks are required, always, regardless of vaccination status.

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, respiratory/pulmonary rehab, emergency services, sleep studies, pain management services, and much more. Visit for more information.