At Mercy, the health and safety of our patients, community and co-workers are our top priority. In an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, Mercy will be restricting visitors in the Southwest Missouri/Southeast Kansas communities, effective Wednesday, March 18.
This includes Mercy clinics in those communities, as well as hospital campuses in Joplin, Carthage, Columbus and Galena.
- The restrictions will limit patients to two visitors per patient per day.
- Exceptions may be made for those who are near end of life.
- Only parents will be allowed in our neonatal intensive care unit, labor and delivery and recovery departments.
- Unless they are seeking treatment, visitors under age 18 will not be permitted in Mercy hospitals or clinics.
- At Mercy Hospital Joplin, the cancer center entrance will be limited to cancer patients only in an attempt to shield them from other patients or visitors.
- All patients seeking treatment in the emergency room in Joplin should continue to follow the signs and use that entrance of the hospital.
Clinic Visitor Restrictions
- One visitor 18 or older per clinic patient
- Those serving as interpreters or acting as health care power of attorney are not considered visitors and are welcome in our clinics.
- Young children may also accompany parents/guardians if childcare isn’t available.