ATLANTIC —Cass County Health System officials announced updated visitor limitations for all obstetrics patients will begin on Monday, Aug. 3. This measure is being enacted to protect the health of patients, staff, volunteers, and visitors and to proactively limit the spread of COVID-19.

Expectant mothers will designate two support persons at the beginning of her hospital stay. The designated support persons can both be with the mother at the same time. The two designated support persons cannot change during the length of the patient’s hospital stay; the two support persons will be the only visitors permitted. The two support persons must be 18 years of age or older, in good health, and must pass screening at CCHS entrances.

Other visitor limitations remain in effect:

• All visitors must be 18 years of age or older and in good health.

• Outpatients may have one visitor with them.

• Inpatients may have one visitor at a time.

All visitors will be screened at the entrance before being allowed to proceed. Visitors must wear a mask and practice social distancing in waiting rooms. If there are too many visitors in the waiting room to appropriately social distance, then staff will ask visitors to please wait in their vehicles or return at a later time.

All visitors, family members, and friends are still encouraged to use technology to keep in contact with their loved ones.

Email Jeff Lundquist at jrlund@ant-news.com