Methodist Adjusts Visitor Policies at Hospitals, Adds More Screening Measures

FREMONT – New visitor policies and procedures will be in effect for all Methodist Health Hospitals and care facilities, extending and modifying those policies already in place.

“We began visitor restrictions at our hospitals on March 8,” said Claudia Bohn, Communications Director for Methodist. “What we are sharing [now] are updates as of today (March 16), as well as what was implemented on March 8.”

The following visitor policies are being implemented at Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital, Methodist Fremont Health and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital:

  • No visitors under the age of 18 (beginning March 16).
  • Visitors to maternity floors are restricted to one designated healthcare partner per patient (beginning March 16).
  • Additional staffing is now placed at main entrances of all hospitals, as well as Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, West Dodge Medical Plaza and HealthWest to screen all patients and visitors as they enter our facilities (beginning March 16).
  • Neon stickers will be used to identify patients and visitors who pass the Methodist Health System COVID-19 screening at the main entrances. The sticker is to be worn while they are in the facility (beginning March 16).
  • Visitors are limited to one or two symptom free individuals per patient (implemented March 8).
  • No visitors are allowed at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont (implemented March 9).
  • Visitors to the Methodist Women’s Hospital NICU are restricted to the parents or parent and one designated other (implemented March 8).

Additional restrictions may be implemented on a department or facility-specific basis, as needed, for the safety of our patients, visitors and staff.

The Methodist Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline that launched on Monday, March 9, has seen great success as a community tool in screening potential COVID-19 cases. Since launching, the hotline has received over 1,500 calls, with 260+ of those calls moving forward for testing consideration. That means the hotline has prevented more than 1,200 unnecessary visits to Methodist clinics and emergency departments, allowing us to better serve the patients who need our care.

That hotline number is (402) 815-SICK (7425). Beginning Monday, March 16 the hotline will be staffed from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The change in hours is due to diminished call volumes during the overnight hours.

Testing location update
Methodist opened a second designated testing site in Iowa in order to better serve affected communities on March 13. Both testing sites are now testing patients in a drive-up format. The Omaha testing site moved to a drive-up format on March 13. Doing so provides an additional layer of safety for our patients and the facility. If someone is approved for testing after being screened through the hotline, they will park at our Omaha site and a provider, wearing personal protective equipment, will swab the individual in their vehicle.

These testing/collection sites are ONLY for those who have been pre-approved for testing through Methodist’s screening process.