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MercyOne escalating visitor restrictions

MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -- Except for a few exemptions, MercyOne is not allowing visitors at its North Iowa clinics, outpatient areas, emergency department or hospital.

According to a news release Tuesday evening, the exemptions are only being made on a case-by-case basis. They include:

  • Children admitted to the hospital
  • Maternity units
  • Patients receiving end-of-life care as determined by medical professionals

For approved exceptions, only one visitor per patient will be allowed. They must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Either immediate family members, powers of attorney, guardians or patient representatives
  • Healthy with no symptoms of illness including respiratory or fever

MercyOne says its patients will be lest likely to contract COVID-19 or other infectious diseases if there are fewer people in its facilities.

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