Ringgold County Hospital is following all the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Health in response to the Coronavirus pandemic affecting the nation. In order to protect the safety and well being of all our patients and staff, we are pre-screening everyone prior to entering the hospital for fever, chills or sweats, cough, shortness of breath,  nausea/diarrhea, or other symptoms of COVID-19. The hospital has made changes both physically and operationally to ensure the safety of patients and healthcare workers. Please call prior to making a visit to the hospital 641-464-3226 or the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic 641-464-4470. You will be directed to the appropriate department for assistance or to make an appointment. We continue to utilize mitigation efforts to help slow the spread of infectious diseases:

  1. Social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  2. Encouraging frequent hand washing.
  3. Following IDPH and CDC guideance regarding cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain like grocery stores and pharmacies. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.
  4. Call “211” in Iowa, or 877-435-8411 in Missouri, to receive general information on COVID-19 and testing options.

Visitor access to the hospital has been restricted and entry to the building is limited to the two main entrances. The main entrance is open between 6:30am and 5:00pm Monday – Friday, and the Emergency Room entrance is open at all times. Anyone who enters the hospital will be pre-screened for temperature and other COVID-19 risk factors. No public walking is allowed until further notice.
Additionally, we are instituting visitor restrictions.

Visitor Restrictions
Visitors are allowed for inpatients in Acute Care, Skilled Care, or Observation patients. We are currently limiting visitors for patients being seen in the Emergency Room to minimize spread of infectious diseases. Exceptions will be made for extenuating circumstances.

COVID-19 Testing
Ringgold County Hospital is conducting COVID-19 testing by appointment at the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic. Please call 641-464-4470 to report symptoms and schedule testing.

Patients who are preparing for an upcoming medical procedure or travel requirements can receive COVID-19 testing at the Ringgold County Hospital laboratory. Contact the Lab for more information at 641-464-4411. 

Medical Providers can fax Covid testing orders to 641-464-4412.

COVID-19 Vaccine
Ringgold County Hospital is partnering with Ringgold County Public Health and encouraging everyone who is interested in being vaccinated for COVID-19 to contact Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic at 641-464-4470, Ringgold County Hospital at 641-464-3226, or Ringgold County Public Health at 641-464-0691.

RCH will be offering vaccine administration after clinic hour and on weekends.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the Iowa Department of Health: www.idph.iowa.gov and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www. cdc.gov.