BCHC COVID-19 Updates & Resources
To help keep updated information in one place, please visit this page for updated facility-wide announcements, resources, and education. While researching information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please obtain information from reliable sources, which you will also find listed below.
If you have reason to suspect you are ill with COVID-19, please inform staff of any symptoms or concerns prior to your arrival.
COVID vaccinations are now being administered to individuals ages 5 and older. BCHC encourages those who are eligible and medically able to get vaccinated to please do so. Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. It also helps reduce the spread of the virus in our communities, and in those who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine yet. Please call your primary care provider’s office to schedule a vaccination or your pharmacy of choice to receive a COVID vaccination or booster.
BCHC Visitor Restrictions
All patients are allowed 2 healthy visitors over the age of 18 for any service as necessary. Additional visitors for inpatient, surgery, and emergency department patients will be determined by the unit and need.
BCHC Cleaning & Air Flow Implementations
BCHC prides itself in being a clean and safe facility for its patients, residents, guests, and staff members. To help decrease the exposure to COVID-19 and other transmittable acute illnesses, additional cleaning measures have been put into place throughout the facility and clinics. Additionally, some rooms within our urgent care, ER, and inpatient unit have been turned into negative air flow rooms to help clean contaminated air and induce negative pressure. These rooms are reserved for patients with respiratory illnesses. These rooms will stay empty for a period of time before cleaned and before any staff or patient re-enters.
Urgent Care Call-Ahead Appointments
Urgent Care is open from 5:30-8:30pm, Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday. We ask that all patients call ahead for urgent care appointments from 9:30am-4pm on weekends and 5:00-8:30pm on weeknights by calling 319-332-0937. If exhibiting COVID-like/respiratory symptoms, please remain in your vehicle until called by a staff member.
To learn more about COVID-19, including all recent guidelines, please visit COVID-19 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you suspect you are ill with COVID-19 and do not require medical services, please isolate for 5 days (this count begins at Day 0 with the day your symptoms started to a full Day 5, meaning you can un-isolate on Day 6) until you have been fever free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medications and are seeing an improvement in your symptoms. Please wear a mask when around others until Day 10. If you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 and you remain feeling well and without any symptoms, please follow the guidance listed here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
To learn how to self-quarantine please read the following by the CDC: https://bit.ly/3a6Hu1O
Remember, self-quarantine and isolation also includes having no visitors in your home during this time. Do your part in protecting others!