COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

We realize news of COVID-19 may create some anxiety, but we assure you we are prepared to continue to deliver high-quality care to the patients and communities we serve. Our top priority is keeping you and our team members safe.

It's important to remember our hospital and clinic effectively care for individuals with contagious illnesses every day. Our medical staff and infection prevention team are experienced in preventing the spread of infection and have implemented the latest protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for screening and testing patients suspected, or confirmed, of having COVID-19.

For more information regarding COVID-19 please visit the Center For Disease Control (CDC) website.

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Visitor Guidelines

As part of our commitment to keep our patients and visitors as safe as possible, we are making the following changes to our visitor policy:

  • All visitors must check in at the front or ER registration desk

  • No visitors under age 18 are allowed unless they are the parent of a child in the hospital

  • Only one visitor per patient is allowed in all areas of the hospital

  • All visitors will be screened for flu-like symptoms (runny nose, fever, cough) and will not be allowed to visit if symptoms are present.

  • Visitors with international travel may not visit for 14 days after arrival in the U.S.

Missouri Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information Hotline
877-435-8411

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the source of the virus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people.

How does the virus spread

This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Can someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

How long someone is actively sick can vary so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials and involves considering specifics of each situation including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.

Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation is made on a case by case basis and includes meeting all of the following requirements:

  • The patient is free from fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.

  • The patient is no longer showing symptoms, including cough.

  • The patient has tested negative on at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.

Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others

Can someone who has been quarantined for COVID-19 spread the illness to others?

Quarantine means separating a person or group of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but have not developed illness (symptoms) from others who have not been exposed, in order to prevent the possible spread of that disease. Quarantine is usually established for the incubation period of the communicable disease, which is the span of time during which people have developed illness after exposure. For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure, because 14 days is the longest incubation period seen for similar coronaviruses. Someone who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others because they have not developed illness during the incubation period.

What is community spread?

Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Iron County Medical Center

301 N Hwy 21, Pilot Knob, MO 63663

(573) 546-1260