Manning Regional Healthcare Center

3/24/20 Coronavirus Update from MRHC

As your trusted healthcare experts in the community, Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) wants you to know that we are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of our community as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread.

The MRHC Infection Prevention and Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Jill Arp, RN, BSN, shares, “We continue to be in constant communication with Carroll County Public Health, Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), MercyOne and other healthcare providers. We are also updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from the National Center for Disease Control (CDC). We will continue to monitor the situation and ensure we are taking every precaution to ensure our community remains safe,” said Arp.

Manning Regional has officially implemented incident command and staff are meeting daily. As significantly more people are being tested for COVID-19, testing remains on a very limited basis. Testing will only be done if the individual meets the criteria set by the Iowa Department of Public Health:

  • All hospitalized patients with fever and respiratory failure and no alternate diagnosis.
  • Older adults (over 60 years old) with fever and respiratory symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing) and chronic medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, or chronic kidney disease).
  • People with fever or respiratory illness who live in a congregate setting (i.e., long-term care facilities, dormitories, residential facilities, correctional facilities, treatment facilities).
  • Essential services personnel with fever or respiratory illness (i.e., health care providers, fire and EMS, law enforcement, residential facility staff.)

"We can't emphasize enough...If you show signs of illness related to fever or respiratory issues, PLEASE CALL THE CLINIC FIRST," said Shelby Dickson, RN, Clinic Director. "In order to keep our patients safe, we need to discuss the best course of action before you arrive."

If you have an emergency, please enter the hospital at the Emergency Entrance. For all other visits, please use the Main Hospital Entrance. At Manning Regional, we are screening patients upon entering the facility for fever or respiratory symptoms, travel history, or if they had close contact with a person laboratory confirmed to be infected with COVID-19. At this time, we continue to keep our regularly scheduled appointments, but additional wellness visits are not being scheduled at this time.  Telehealth options will be launched on Wednesday, March 25th for the clinic, outpatient recovery center visits and senior life solutions. With regard to specialty clinics, we are evaluating services on a daily basis.  At this time, we have postponed appointments/procedures with Dr. Hsu, Urology and Cardiology until further notice.  At this time we do plan to continue with General Surgery on Monday, March 30th. All elective radiology procedures have been postponed until further notice.

MRHC highly encourages everyone to keep medications current during this time. Please call (712) 655-2072 to discuss options for refills. Alternative options are available for those who need lab work completed and are hesitant to visit the hospital.


What can you do to Prevent the Spread?

The Level 3 Travel Warning from the CDC remains in effect, and as community spread has been confirmed in Iowa, residents are asked to limit non-essential travel, work remotely if possible, practice social distancing and limit gatherings to ten people. All bars and restaurants (with the exception of carry-out or delivery options), schools, churches, fitness centers, theaters and many businesses are now closed to help mitigate further spread throughout the state. Governor Reynolds announced on Sunday, March 23 that salons, barbershops, medical spas, tattoo parlors tanning salons and swimming pools are also closed in Iowa. If you have traveled outside the state in the last 14 days, the Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that you should voluntarily self- isolate for 14 days following your return and monitor for fever and other symptoms.


Public Isolation recommendations for WELL Iowans:

1. If you have traveled outside Iowa you should isolate for 14 days from people and animals.

2. If you have taken a cruise anywhere in the world in the last 14 days you should isolate for 14 days.

3. If you live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19 you should isolate for 14 days.


Sick people – not necessarily sick with COVID-19:

1. Should be fever free for 72 hours before returning to work or being around people even your family


2. Symptoms have improved


3. At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first started

If you have recently traveled internationally and feel sick with a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a health care facility, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.


Carroll County

Carroll County continues to only have one case. “We remain in a low risk area, but we will continue to practice the recommendations of Carroll County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Remember, it’s not too late to get your flu vaccine. If you are sick, stay home. Cover coughs and sneezes. Wash your hand frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,” said Arp.

If there is an immediate concern, the community will be notified through local radio stations, social media, MRHC, IDPH, and CDC websites, and the Manning cable channel. Remember to only trust credible sources such as those mentioned in this article. 

Contact Manning Regional Healthcare Center at (712) 655-2072 for more information. If you or a loved one is feeling anxious or depressed as a result of social isolation, please contact the Senior Life Solutions team at 655-8262. 


Trusted Resources

Stay informed about COVID-19 and find updates about the current situation from reliable and trusted sources using the links below:

World Health Organization,

Center for Disease Control -

Iowa Department of Public Health,

Carroll County Public Health,

Manning Regional Healthcare Center,

 (Source: Iowa Department of Public Health – Accessed March 23, 2020


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