MLH visitor policy to reflect COVID numbers

Mary Lanning Healthcare has updated its visitor policy.
Mary Lanning Healthcare has updated its visitor policy.(Hailey Mach, KSNB)
Published: Mar. 21, 2022 at 11:46 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Mary Lanning Healthcare is making a change when it comes to visitors to the hospital.

As COVID-19 numbers continue to drop in the region, MLH is making its visitor level variable based on information from the South Heartland District Health Department, Adams County and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Under the new system, which goes into effect Monday, March 21, visitor levels will be reassessed weekly.

A large sign on the doors and postings to the MLH website and social media will alert visitors to any changes in level based on the colors green, yellow and red.

• RED: There are more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in SHDHD. One visitor will be allowed at a time per patient on inpatient units. The website will give specifics on visitation guidelines in other units/areas of the hospital. The MLH Cafeteria, Garden View Grill and Caring Kind Gift Shop are closed to the public.

• YELLOW: There are between 10 and 19 new cases per 100,000. Two patient visitors will be allowed at a time in inpatient units. The public may visit the MLH Cafeteria, Garden View Grill and Caring Kind Gift Shop.

• GREEN: There are fewer than 10 new cases per 100,000. Pre-COVID visitation guidelines will be implemented with the exception of screening, stickers and masking. All visitors/individuals entering the building will continue to be screened, receive a visitor sticker and must wear a mask.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) both still require masks in healthcare settings.


This week’s visitor level is YELLOW.

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