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COVID-19 Patient and Visitor Information

Your Safety is Our Top Priority

You may be concerned about news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and its implications for your health and those of your loved ones. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities.

Please call our hospital directly at 816-942-4400 to learn the latest visitor information at this time.

Please note: Face coverings over the nose & mouth are required by all staff and visitors inside St. Joseph Medical Center.

  • Only ONE (1) visitor is allowed in the hospital for a patient at a time. If they have other family members that want to visit, they must leave the hospital to allow the other visitors in to visit.
  • All visitors are required to bring in their own mask, and must wear it at all times
  • No visitors under the age of 16.
  • No visitors for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID 19
  • Any exceptions to the visitor guidelines will be approved through the house supervisor and nursing administration. (Usually only at end of life.)

Frequently Asked Questions about the Novel Coronavirus

What is our hospital doing to protect patients?

  • If we have a confirmed or potential patient with COVID-19, we will institute standard infectious disease protocols, as well as additional measures, to prevent the potential spread of the virus. All healthcare providers who have contact with the patient will use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

What can I do to protect myself?

It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health crisis, and we need to remember to avoid making assumptions about others' perceived symptoms or any characteristics of identity. The best way to prevent infection is receive the COVID-19 vaccine and avoid being exposed to this virus.

Here are the current CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Wear a mask when required.
  • Take everyday preventive actions for respiratory infections, such as avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home when sick, and washing hands often.
  • Avoid traveling to places with widespread or sustained community transmission of the coronavirus. A good place for reliable travel information can be found on the CDC's travel advisory page.

You can also find more information about the virus from these websites.