OTTUMWA – Ottumwa Regional Health Center (ORHC) is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors. We can confirm that we have identified and are treating a patient with a positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient is in isolation at our hospital.
We are continuing to work closely with the Wapello County Public Health Department and following guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safety of our patients, the clinical team that is caring for this individual and all those within our facility.
Our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond. We have been preparing for the potential of COVID-19 in our community for several weeks, building upon the robust emergency operations plan we have in place year-round.
Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, we have implemented strict visitor restrictions, moving to a zero-visitor protocol, and will be limiting entry points to the hospital. Exceptions to this visitor protocol may include pediatric patients, obstetric patients and those receiving end-of-life care. Everyone entering the hospital should use the Admitting/Outpatient entrance under the Emergency Department canopy. Per CDC guidelines, everyone entering our facility will be screened for respiratory symptoms and travel history.
We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care. We stand ready to serve you.