Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

PCH Restrictions

Pocahontas Community Hospital is committed to the health & safety of our patients & staff. There is still an increased risk of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pocahontas County. 

To protect our patients and staff, PCH will be implementing the following restrictions effective immediately. 

Visitors:

· Only immediate family members will be allowed to visit patients. This will be limited to only two (2) family members within the hospital at one time.  Additionally, children 18 years old or younger will be limited to 30 minutes of visiting time within the hospital.

· Anyone experiencing fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea will not be allowed to visit patients.

· No visitors are allowed for COVID positive patients.

· Persons accompanying outpatients to their visits at Pocahontas Community Hospital will be asked to adhere to the same restrictions as visitors.  

Pocahontas Community Hospital Based Events:

· All community based events that are not healthcare related will be discontinued

· Hospital related meetings & trainings will be allowed

Travel & Education:

· Hospital related business travel will be limited

    - If the event is available via teleconference or webinar, that is the preferred method of attendance

- Any other travel needs pre-approval with administration

· Students will be allowed as part of their clinical when tied to a professional degree as a requirement for graduation

- Job shadowing, school tours, etc. will be suspended


Masks at PCH

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in the continued effort to keep our patients, visitors and staff as healthy as possible, Pocahontas Community Hospital will begin requiring masks for all individuals within the facility. 

We are asking that patients and visitors please bring a mask with you when you come to the hospital.  If you do not have access to a mask, please let the employee who is working at the front door know that.  We have a limited supply that can be made available to the public.

We are also welcoming more donated cloth masks at this time. Thank you to all who have donated masks to us already. We appreciate your continued patience as we continue to meet the needs of COVID-19 together.


Screenings at PCH Amid COVID-19

Please remember that all patients, visitors, providers, delivery drivers or anyone else needing to come into our facility will need to stop at a screening station located at the main Hospital entrance or the UnityPoint Clinic entrance to review travel histories, symptoms and have their temperatures checked. All other entrances are locked.

The governor has also mandated employees to be screened before coming to work as well:

Mandatory Employee Health Screening Prior to Work:

• Hospitals, nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, residential care facilities, hospice programs, and assisted living programs must:

(i) Screen all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever or respiratory symptoms, absence or shortness of breath, new or change in cough, or sore throat, (ii) Take the employee’s temperature, and (iii) Take any preventative measures based on that screening to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the facilities.

We know that this can be frustrating but we want you to know we are all in this together. These safety mandates are being followed to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe and healthy. We appreciate your continued cooperation!


Homemade Masks

We have had many generous people in our county reach out to us about making homemade masks.

UnityPoint has provided us with a pattern that they have approved, it can be found in the link below.

Mask Pattern

Look for more information soon on a collection site. If you have any questions, contact Amanda Tendal at: (712) 335-5200 ext. 2244.


Consider Donating Personal Protective Equipment to Assist in COVID-19 Response

Businesses and organizations are urged to donate personal protective equipment or PPE. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging Iowa businesses and organizations to donate extra personal protective equipment to assist health care providers and health care facilities responding to COVID-19.

This an unprecedented public health disaster, and stocks of personal protective equipment for health care providers are being used rapidly. Organizations that have extra PPE supplies that aren't immediately needed should consider donating them to help those on the front line of this disease.

Any type of health care PPE will be welcomed, especially gloves, gowns, eye protection, and masks. Local public health and local emergency management officials can work to address needs locally and beyond.

To donate PPE, please contact: James Roetman at (712) 335-5224.