Atrium Health Floyd, including Polk and Cherokee hospitals, as well as Advent Health Gordon limiting visitation amid COVID surge.  Gordon County Jail brings back COVID protocols.

Atrium Health Floyd, including Polk and Cherokee hospitals, as well as Advent Health Gordon limiting visitation amid COVID surge. Gordon County Jail brings back COVID protocols.

Media release: As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in the community, Atrium Health Floyd is further limiting visitation at all locations, including Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center. Most patients will be allowed one designated visitor.

Other inpatient and outpatient areas in all three communities will be affected.Requests for additional visitors due to special circumstances, such as end-of-life, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The changes take effect Thursday, Dec. 30 at 8 a.m.

Most hospitalized patients will be allowed one designated visitor:

  • All visitors and patients will be screened before entering the hospital. Visitors with flu-like symptoms and those with a positive or pending COVID-19 test will not be granted access.
  • Visitors should wear a mask, practice hand hygiene and observe social distancing.
  • Non-emergency patients and visitors may enter hospitals only at the main entrance, with the exception of laboring mothers, who should enter at the Family Birth Center Entrance.
  • Emergency patients should enter hospitals at emergency room entrances.
  • The Turner McCall Boulevard parking deck at Floyd Medical Center will remain closed to the public.
  • No visitors younger than 18 will be permitted.
  • ​Visitors older than 65 and those who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 are discouraged from visiting.

No visitors are permitted at the following locations for patients 18 and older:

  • Emergency departments
  • Primary Care
  • Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging when patients don’t require anesthesia
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
  • Outpatient Wound Care
  • Urgent Care

Pediatric patients (hospitalized, emergency room and surgery) will be permitted two designated visitors. Visitors must be 18 or older.

Laboring mothers are allowed one designated visitor. In addition, a labor coach/doula, age 18 or older, may accompany the mother but must leave immediately after the baby is born. Patients delivering by C-section are permitted one designated visitor. They will receive a green armband and must wear the armband to enter labor and delivery rooms. After moms have given birth, they will be allowed one designated visitor who can spend the night if they choose. Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Floyd Medical Center will be permitted two designated visitors with an issued ID band.


Because of the rise in COVID-19 cases in the community, AdventHealth Gordon has updated its visitor policy. AdventHealth Gordon is allowing visitors for patients with the following criteria:

  • COVID-19 patients may have 1 visitor.
  • Non-COVID patients may have 1 visitor.
  • OB patients may have 2 visitors.
  • Visitors under the age of 18 are not permitted unless they are seeking care.
  • All visitors must wear a mask and stay in the patient’s room.

For the safety of the hospital’s team members and guests, AdventHealth Gordon’s common areas will remain closed at this time.

We encourage those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to please seek testing at local urgent cares, primary care clinics and pharmacies to avoid additional strain on the hospital emergency department. If you’re having difficulty breathing, please come to the ER. Thank you for your understanding and assistance.


Gordon County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff’s Office/Jail Reinstates COVID 19 Precautionary Measures

From Sheriff Mitch Ralston:

“Due to the rapidly spreading COVID 19 OMICRON Variant, the Sheriff’s Office / Jail will be reinstating precautionary measures to help ensure the well being of the public, staff, and inmate population. The Sheriff’s Office lobby will be closed. The Jail lobby will be closed. All inmate visitation will be online and service  will not be interrupted.”

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