Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) today announced that the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has necessitated closing the hospital to visitors effective Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 7 pm.
No visitors will be allowed access to the hospital after this time. Any exceptions to the new rules prohibiting visitors will be considered on a case by case basis, with provisions possible for pediatrics and end-of-life situations.
The Emergency Department entrance will remain open but will be restricted to physicians and patients seeking emergency care.
Ken Johnson, President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System (HRHS), explains. “The COVID-19 virus poses an unprecedented threat to the health of our community. We acknowledge this will be stressful to our patients and their families, but it is necessary to protect the health of our patients, providers and staff. During this trying time, we ask everyone to treat others with patience and grace as we overcome these challenges.”