Several Area Clinics Tighten Visitation Restrictions

Wed 3-25-2020

(Undated)-- Several area clinics are tightening restrictions on visitors. Avera Medical Group Spencer, Milford Family Care and Sioux Rapids Family Care are among them. Adult patients are not being allowed to bring guests into the clinic unless clinic staff deems there is a clinical reason for that guest (such as patient safety). 

All patients and guests at the clinics will also be screened. Any patient with a fever over 100 degrees, cough or shortness of breath will be asked to leave the clinic and call the appropriate clinic. No guests will be allowed with those symptoms. 

There are also restrictions pertaining to children under 18; OB patients may be accompanied by one other person for ultrasounds only; patients with confusion, altered mental status, developmental delays, or agitation where a family member of advocate can provide safety and support may have one advocate/support person at the discretion of the care team; and patients who require an escort for assistance related to mobility, interpretation, or health care decision making make have on additional assistance person. 

Patients walking in for anicillary testing only should not be accompanied by a guest. Advocates, parents and guests who meet the above criteria must also comply with the following instructions:

  • Either immediate family members, powers or attorney, guardians or patient representatives 
  • No guests may be under 18 years of age unless specified above
  • Guests must be free of fever (by report or measured, if available) or cough or shortness of breath that has appeared in the last 14 days. 
  • Except for transit to and from, guests are to stay in the clinic room for the duration of their visit.
  • Guests must follow staff instructions regarding hand washing and use of personal protective equipment.

In addition, Palo Alto County Health systems announced today (Wed.) it is now at level 4 visitor restrictions. The West Bend and Graettinger clinics will NOT see patients with respiratory symptoms. They instead will be seen at the Emmetsburg clinic. No walk-in patients will be seen at any of the family practice clinics, and all patients must call ahead first. Patients and visitors will be screened at the main entrance.