Visitor Policy

As part of our COVID-19 response, Archbold will assign a Visitation and Masking Response Level that defines family and guest access and masking requirements for employees and guests in all Archbold facilities. The levels will be determined by the CDC guidelines for healthcare settings, several local indicators and data from the CDC's COVID-19 Community Levels that determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. The levels for each county within our service area will be updated periodically as the data are revised.

Current COVID Community Levels

Brooks Decatur Grady Thomas Mitchell
Low High Low Low Low

Effective Tuesday, September 27, 2022, based on the CDC-defined levels listed above, we will follow the guidelines as described below.

  • Archbold Memorial Hospital.

  • Brooks County Hospital

  • Grady General Hospital

  • Mitchell County Hospital

Colleagues, Family members, Guests and Visitors must practice masking as outlined below:

COVID-19 Community Level “Low” Policy

MAIN HOSPITALS

Mask Required:
Example:
When colleagues and providers are providing direct patient care or transporting patients
Patient rooms, all procedure rooms, when transporting patients, caring for an immunocompromised patient
Nursing
Upon Patient Request
If you have cold-like symptoms
Personal Choice to Wear a Mask:
Example:
Meeting Areas
Colleagues' offices, conference rooms, auditoriums, classrooms
Non-Patient Care Areas
Any area not frequented by the public or patients
Seated at a table eating
Public Spaces
Waiting rooms, lobbies, hallways, elevators and stairwells
Visitation Policy:
Exceptions:
There are no limitations on the number of visitors with some exceptions
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients may have two visitors at a time on a rotating basis
Labor/Delivery may have 3 designated visitors
Mother/Baby may have 4 visitors (siblings of the newborn are included in the 4-visitor count)
Northside Behavioral Health: Visitation is allowed on a case-by-case basis
Emergency Department patients may have 1 visitor at the bedside and 1 visitor in the lobby, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Both parents may accompany a pediatric patient.
No children under the age of 12 unless they are a sibling of a newborn.
Children under the age of 12 may be allowed under extenuating circumstances.

Colleagues, Family members, Guests and Visitors must practice masking as outlined below.

COVID-19 Community Level “Low” Policy

OUTPATIENT FACILITIES AND EDUCATIONAL CLASSES

Mask Required:
Example:
Caring for an Immunocompromised Patient
Any patient with a weakened immune system which can be caused by certain medicines, treatments, diseases or conditions, such as AIDS, cancer, diabetes, malnutrition and certain genetic disorders
Singletary Oncology Center
Archbold Medical Group (AMG) physician practices
A list of AMG physician practices is provided at the bottom of this page
Any Archbold outpatient facility
ACC, Women’s Center, BCH Outpatient Rehabilitation, ATSM, specialty clinics
Upon patient request
If you have cold-like symptoms
Personal Choice to Wear a Mask:
All other areas not listed above

  • No Archbold facilities are following Medium level policies at this time

Colleagues, Family members, Guests and Visitors must practice masking as outlined below:

COVID-19 Community Level “Medium” Policy

MAIN HOSPITALS

(Including Archbold Memorial Hospital, Brooks County Hospital, Grady General Hospital and Mitchell County Hospital)
Mask Required:
Example:
When colleagues and providers are providing direct patient care or transporting patients
Patient rooms, all procedure rooms, when transporting patients, caring for an immunocompromised patient
Nursing
Upon Patient Request
If you have cold-like symptoms
Personal Choice to Wear a Mask:
Example:
Meeting Areas
Colleagues' offices, conference rooms, auditoriums, classrooms
Non-Patient Care Areas
Any area not frequented by the public or patients
Seated at a table eating
Public Spaces
Waiting rooms, lobbies, hallways, elevators and stairwells
Visitation Policy:
Exceptions:
There are no limitations on the number of visitors with some exceptions
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients may have two visitors at a time on a rotating basis
Labor/Delivery may have 3 designated visitors
Mother/Baby may have 4 visitors (siblings of the newborn are included in the 4-visitor count)
Northside Behavioral Health: Visitation is allowed on a case-by-case basis
Emergency Department patients may have 1 visitor at the bedside and 1 visitor in the lobby, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Both parents may accompany a pediatric patient.
No children under the age of 12 unless they are a sibling of a newborn.

Colleagues, Family members, Guests and Visitors must practice masking as outlined below.

COVID-19 Community Level “Medium” Policy

OUTPATIENT FACILITIES AND EDUCATIONAL CLASSES

Mask Required:
Example:
Caring for an Immunocompromised Patient
Any patient with a weakened immune system which can be caused by certain medicines, treatments, diseases or conditions, such as AIDS, cancer, diabetes, malnutrition and certain genetic disorders
Singletary Oncology Center
Archbold Medical Group (AMG) physician practices
A list of AMG physician practices is provided at the bottom of this page
Any Archbold outpatient facility
ACC, Women’s Center, BCH Outpatient Rehabilitation, ATSM, specialty clinics
Upon patient request
If you have cold-like symptoms
Personal Choice to Wear a Mask:
All other areas not listed above

  • Bainbridge Specialty Clinic

Colleagues, Family members, Guests and Visitors must practice masking as outlined below:

COVID-19 Community Level “High” Policy

MAIN HOSPITALS & OUTPATIENT FACILITIES

Mask Required
Colleagues, Family members, Guests and Visitors are required to wear masks in all Archbold facilities.
Visitation Policy:
Exceptions:
Visitation is limited to one person at a time (either a family member or guest)
A sitter hired by the patient or patient's family is not deemed a visitor, but part of the care provider team serving the patient
Labor & Delivery: A doula is not deemed a visitor, but part of the care provider team serving the patient
A member of the clergy or a religious leader may visit a patient in addition to one visitor per day
Northside Behavioral Health: Visitation is allowed on a case-by-case basis
Overnight visitors: A hospital inpatient may have on visitor stay overnight if the visitor is checked in through the screening process before 9pm. The visitor cannot leave during the night and return. If the visitor chooses to leave, they cannot return until visiting hours begin again at 7am.
Exceptions will be addressed on a case-by-case basis (including end-of-life, specific caregivers and special needs)
No visitors under age 16
Extenuating circumstances


A list of Archbold Medical Group practices can be found here.