Visitor Policies

Visitor Policy Update (8/23/21)

As Archbold continues to experience increased numbers of COVID-19 patients in our facilities, we are making the following adjustments to our emergency department visitor policies to ensure the safety of our staff, patients, and visitors. We appreciate your understanding.

Effective Monday, August 23, visitors are NOT ALLOWED in the emergency department unless the patient is a minor or requires assistance.

The following visitor policies also remain in effect at this time:


  • Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 positive inpatients will not be allowed visitors
  • For all other inpatients, one (1) visitor per day allowed. No overnight stays will be permitted

Emergency Department:

  • Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to have visitors
  • One (1) visitor allowed ONLY if patient is a minor or requires assistance. No other visitors are allowed at this time.

Labor and Delivery:

  • Allowed one (1) designated support person. The support person cannot be positive for COVID-19.


  • The designated support person is the only visitor allowed per stay

The following visitation policies remain in effect at this time:

  • No children under the age of 18 are allowed.
  • Policies for visitors in inpatient areas of Brooks County Hospital, Grady General Hospital and Mitchell County Hospital will be determined at each site based on the number of COVID-19 patients at the facility.
  • Patients at the hospital for a procedure (such as surgery, endoscopy procedure or cath lab procedure) may have one (1) visitor accompany them and wait in a waiting room during the procedure. The visitor will be issued an armband and must wear a mask at all times.
  • Patients at the hospital for an outpatient diagnostic procedure (radiology, lab, etc.) should enter the facility alone unless they require assistance.
  • Patients at urgent care may have one (1) designated visitor at the bedside as appropriate, with two (2) allowed if the patient is a minor. No visitors will be allowed to wait in waiting areas.
  • Policies for visitors at long-term care facilities will be based on guidance from the Department of Public Health related to positivity rates of the county and the nursing home.
  • Patients with appointments at any Archbold outpatient department (ACC, Women’s Center, Wound Care, etc.) may have one (1) person accompany them and the patient and visitor must wear a mask at all times.

Grady General Hospital Visitor Policy Update (7/30/21)

Beginning Friday, July 30th, 2021 Grady General Hospital is temporarily suspending visitation, with very limited exceptions.

No visitation of COVID-19 positive patients will be permitted.

Exceptions to the visitation policy will require a guest sticker obtained from the ED entrance and will only be allowed in the following situations:

  • Obstetric patients may have one support person that must stay for the duration of visit.
  • Patients who are at the end-of-life may have two visitors at a time with approval of department manager.
  • Patients with conditions for whom a family member is key to their care, may have one visitor with approval of department manager.
  • Minors under age 18 may have one parent or guardian
  • Patients in the emergency department may have one visitor, who remains in the room at all times at the discretion of the ED charge nurse (depends on ED volume).

Entrance into the facility will be through the Emergency Department as the front entrance has been closed.