KNOXVILLE, IA – Beginning Wednesday, March 18, Knoxville Hospital & Clinics (KHC) is limiting the number of public entrances to campus. All patients and visitors will be screened in their vehicles prior to entering the KHC campus.

How to enter campus:

  • The main parking lot entrance from Highway 14 (Lincoln Street) will be closed.
  • All patients and visitors must enter the KHC campus from Howard Street.
    • The east Howard entrance is designated for non-Emergency patients and all hospital visitors.
    • Emergency patients will continue to access the Emergency Department from the designated Emergency entrance (on the east side of the helipad).

Screening process:

  • KHC staff will be stationed in tents at KHC parking lot entrances to screen individuals in their vehicles for the following symptoms: fever, cold, flu, cough, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • To enter the building, individuals presenting with at least one of these symptoms must follow further instructions provided by KHC staff. They must wear a mask provided by KHC.
  • All visitors and patients must wear a sticker in the hospital, provided by hospital staff at the time they are screened.
  • Screenings will be held at the east Howard entrance:
    • Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Screenings at the Emergency Department entrance will be held 24/7.

Please allow extra time for the screening process prior to a scheduled visit. We understand these screenings may be an inconvenience, but it is an important step in our dedication to protecting the health of our patients, staff, families, and community due to the recent cases of COVID-19 in Iowa.

Visitor restrictions:
At this time, visitors are restricted to one adult primary caregiver.

Primary caregivers must:

  • Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand gel upon entering and exiting the patient’s room.
  • Always remain in the patient room, as appropriate.
  • Limit movement within the facility and avoid common areas.
  • Be free from illness (fever, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, vomiting or running nose).

Take extra precautions:

KHC continues to encourage the public to follow prevention measures that are the same for other respiratory illnesses:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow.
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Contain germs by staying home when ill.
  • The CDC does not recommend face masks for the general public.

For general questions about COVID-19, please contact the Iowa Department of Public Health’s hotline at 211, available 24/7, or visit their website at

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to work with state and local health organizations on plans to protect our patients and community as COVID-19 evolves throughout Iowa and the nation.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics is a non-profit community hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area. Named a “Top 100 Critical Access Hospital” and Voted as Best of Red Rock Area’s “Best Place to Work” and “Best Hospitality”, KHC’s highly skilled medical staff and specialists provide personal, compassionate and innovative quality health care to patients. For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call Public Relations at (641) 842-1485.