In an effort to protect patients and co-workers, Mercy Hospital Lincoln will begin restricting access and screening all visitors for illness Thursday, March 19.

One visitor per Mercy patient will be allowed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors will be screened before being allowed to enter the hospital. Visitors will wear a visitor badge while they are in the hospital.

Upon arrival, visitors should be prepared to have their temperature checked and answer questions about travel and any respiratory issues they may have. The brief examination is not a screening for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). For the safety of our patients, visitors exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed to enter.

Each patient’s one visitor must meet the following criteria:

  • Visitors must be 16 years or older.
  • Visitors must be fever-free.
  • Visitors must be cough-free.
  • After a patient’s one visitor leaves the building, another may enter.

The one-visitor per patient policy applies to all Mercy Hospital Lincoln facilities including Mercy Clinic locations.

For pediatric patients:

  • There may only be two visitors per patient at a time, and only the same two visitors are allowed for the child’s length of stay. 
  • If the child is positive for COVID-19, they would then only be allowed one visitor.
  • No sibling visitation is allowed for pediatric patients. 

Visitors may enter the hospital through the following entrances:

  • Main hospital entrance (facing US. Highway 61)
  • Emergency department (for emergencies only)

We know family and friends appreciate the chance to visit their loved ones while they are in the hospital. But we ask for your understanding in limiting or eliminating these visits when the circumstances are appropriate for the greater good of all our patients, co-workers and the entire community.