OMC medical experts stress that the single most important thing we can
all do is to steadfastly continue practicing social distancing.
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) has again implemented increased levels of visitor
restrictions as of March 25, to continue to help reduce the possibility
of spreading COVID-19 throughout the community. OMC joins many other healthcare
organizations including CoxHealth and Mercy, in proactively deploying
these restrictions as recommended by the CDC and the Missouri Department
As of March 25, OMC is ONLY allowing visitors in the following areas:
End-of-life care: The patient’s clinical team can make exceptions
at their discretion.
Pediatrics: One parent or guardian per day.
Labor and Delivery and Postpartum: One support person for labor and delivery patients.
Visitors in the areas of the hospitals not mentioned above will not be allowed.
These restrictions are for the safety of the community and the patients
inside the hospital. Visitors meeting the above criteria may visit during
normal visiting hours. Limitations and clarifications are as follows:
Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at entry.
Visitors who show symptoms of suspected COVID-19, who are not seeking treatment,
will not be allowed into OMC facilities.
Visitors are restricted to only the patient’s room and public restrooms.
Please note: No one under the age of 18, except for those seeking medical
care, will be permitted into OMC facilities.
ICUs: No visitors except end-of-life care.
Procedural Areas: One visitor who has been identified as the designated
driver for the patient may wait in their vehicle until called.
Emergency Departments and Urgent Cares: One visitor who has been identified
as the designated driver for the patient may wait in their vehicle until called.
OMC continues to operate to meet the needs of the communities they serve.
These proactive steps are put in place to limit the possible transmission
of COVID-19 and other viruses.
OMC will continue to provide care to all who seek treatment at their facilities.
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to dominate the
news and social media, it may be easy to lose focus on the most important
things we should all be doing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 within
The single most important thing we can all do is to continue practicing
strict social distancing.
“With no known vaccine or cure, we must combat this virus and slow
its spread by practicing social distancing and staying home. We all need
to prioritize the safety of our community above our inconvenience,”
says Samantha Wallace, DO, MBA, Medical Director of Hospitalists, OMC.
“It is quite possible to inadvertently carry and spread the virus
by not appreciating the seriousness of COVID-19, and failing to follow
these important mandates.”
If we can all follow the directives of our public authorities, we can all
do our part to help slow – and eventually, stop – the spread
of this contagious virus. If you have questions about exposure or symptoms,
please call the Missouri COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.
Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care
and 17 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral
healthcare, and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital
cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more
than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern
Arkansas. For more information about OMC and coronavirus, visit