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. 

Masking Information

CDC Community Transmission Level is Below High
Since March 2020, BCHC has developed and implemented many precautionary policies and procedures to fight COVID-19 head on, all while keeping its most important assets; its patients and staff, safe and protected.
While this continues to remain our top priority, after receiving updated guidance from the CDC, masks are no longer required at BCHC for patients, staff, and visitors who are not exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, or who have not had recent high-risk exposures to COVID-19. As always, masks will remain available at all entrances for those who need to wear a mask and for those who wish to wear them within our facilities.
In the event that COVID-19 measurements change to HIGH, universal mask wearing WILL resume.

Vaccination Information

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.

COVID-19 Information

To learn more about COVID-19, including all recent guidelines, please visit COVID-19 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Self-Quarantine Information

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

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • 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!

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