Visitation Policy (Updated 09/24/20)

As we continue to balance COVID-19-related precautions with the needs of our patients and their families, we are announcing the following updates to the visitation policies effective Thursday, September 24, 2020.

  • At Archbold Memorial Hospital, one (1) visitor at a time, with a limit of three (3) different visitors each day, will be allowed to visit any inpatient other than suspected or confirmed COVID-19 positive inpatients. The visitor is asked to use hand sanitizer when entering the room and must wear a mask at all times.
  • Labor and Delivery visitation at Archbold Memorial Hospital: one (1) designated support person may accompany the patient. No other visitors will be permitted in Labor and Delivery. Mother/Baby visitation at Archbold Memorial Hospital: one (1) visitor at a time, with a limit of three (3) different visitors each day. The designated support person will NOT count as a visitor.
  • No visitors will be allowed to accompany patients with appointments at an Archbold Medical Group clinic, unless the patient is a minor or requires assistance.

The following visitation policies remain in effect at this time:

  • 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 the emergency department or urgent care may have one (1) designated visitor at bedside as appropriate, with two (2) allowed if the patient is a minor. No visitors will be allowed to wait in waiting areas.
  • Patients that are suspected or confirmed to be COVID-19 positive will not be allowed to have visitors.
  • No visitors will be allowed at our long-term care facilities.
  • 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 Visitation Information (updated on 1/6/2021):

Beginning January 6th, 2021 Grady General Hopsital will be temporarily suspending visitation, with very limited exceptions.

If Grady General Hospital has a confirmed COVID-19 inpatient, no visitation of that patient will be allowed.

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

  • Obstetric patients may have one support person that must stay for the duration of the 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).