Mary Greeley Medical Center reinstates no visitor policy due to recent spike in COVID-19 cases

David Mullen
Staff Writer
Mary Greeley Medical Center is reinstating its no visitor policy due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases throughout Story County. Tribune file photo

Mary Greeley Medical Center has reenacted its strict no visitor policy, just 10 days after easing some of the restrictions.

The decision was made by hospital officials as a result of the surge in COVID-19 cases reported throughout Story County.

“In response to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Story County, Mary Greeley Medical Center will re-institute visitor restrictions effective at 6 p.m. (Friday, June 26). Under the restrictions, no visitors will be allowed with few exceptions,” said Steve Sullivan, a spokesperson for Mary Greeley in a press release.

Since June 1, an additional 472 cases have been reported in Story County, which is a 379% spike from the county’s 127 cases which were reported from March 20 to May 31.

As of Friday, Story County now has over 600 cases of COVID-19.

Though the facility will not be allowing most visitors, the following exceptions are in place:

  • Parents of NICU patients
  • Two parents/guardians of patients under the age of 18
  • Patients who are at the end-of-life (2 visitors), have altered mental status (1 visitor), or developmental delays (1 visitor)
  • Patients with mobility concerns who have appointments in outpatient units (1 visitor)

Anyone who chooses to enter the facility — including staff members — will continue to be screened for symptoms before being allowed in the building, Sullivan said. Each visitor much wear a mask at all times, practice good hygiene and follow all appropriate person protective equipment protocols.

Amber Deardorff, vice president for clinical and support services said hospital officials understand the challenges that come with restricting visitors.

“We realize visitor support is an important healing component for our patients and that people want to be with their loved ones,” Deardorff said. “Our priority is always on the safety of our patients, staff and visitors. Community spread of COVID-19 in our area is on the rise and we have a responsibility to respond to this troubling trend.”

Sullivan told the Tribune on Friday morning the visitor policy is continually being evaluated by hospital officials, and they will make changes when they think the situation is right.