Coronavirus Precautions at Story Medical: Updated July 7, 2020

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Story Medical is taking a number of proactive measures to protect our patients and our community. Among these measures is limiting access to areas where large numbers of people congregate.

As of July 7, 2020, Story Medical has taken these measures:

  • Story Medical Clinics in Nevada, Maxwell and Ames have returned to normal hours.
  • The Medically Oriented Gym has reopened with capacity restrictions.
  • The Acute Care Department allows one visitor at a time for one hour, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
  • The Emergency Department and Story Medical Clinics in Nevada and Maxwell allow 1 visitor with each patient. 
  • There are exceptions in place for end-of-life care. Story Medical staff may make additional allowances for unforeseen situations. 
  • All visitors will be screened and must remain remain masked throughout their entire visit. 
  • The Outpatient Clinic remains unable to safely allow for visitors at this time.
  • There have been no changes to the visitor restrictions at Senior Care/North Campus – they still remain unable to safely allow for routine visitors.

COVID-19 remains a new virus and recommendations are continuing to evolve. The spread of COVID-19 in our community is always changing. Due to this, our response to this pandemic remains fluid and these recommendations may change with little notice.

Coronavirus Precautions for Our Community Members

Those who are concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, should immediately contact their primary care provider either by phone or through the MyUnityPoint app/website.

The resources below provide up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic:

Iowa Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Protecting Yourself and Your Family

There are a number of steps you can take to limit exposure to COVID-19 for yourself and those closest to you. In addition, these measures can protect you from other seasonal respiratory viruses like influenza and the common cold.

Experts recommend you:

  • Maintain 6-feet of social distance and if that is not possible, wear a mask.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching the “T Zone” of your face which includes your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently like kitchen and bathroom counters, desks and interior areas of your car.