As of Wednesday morning (3/25), Mahaska Health in Oskaloosa will begin in-car screenings for all patients entering the facility. All patients coming to Mahaska Health for any reason will need to pass an in-car screening at the south side of the hospital’s campus. You’ll have your temperature taken and you’ll need to answer a brief health survey. This screening does not constitute a COVID-19 test. Once the screening is completed, staff will direct patients where to go next.
Also starting on Wednesday, visitors will not be allowed at Grinnell Regional Medical Center until the COVID-19 virus is no longer a threat to the community. Exceptions will be allowed for a patient who is at end of life, or for a patient under 18. And in those cases, a visitor will be allowed only if they don’t show signs of a respiratory infection.