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Information for Patients & Visitors

Know your Source

With all the information circulating about the "Coronavirus", correctly referred to as COVID-19, it is extremely important to check all information with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).  Here are some reputable links to information about this latest virus as well as some general information to help you understand what this virus means for you.

  1. Click here for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 website
    a. 10 ways to manage your respiratory symptoms at home
  2. Click here for the Division of Health and Senior Services COVID-19 website
  3. Click here for printable fact sheets from the CDC in Spanish and English
  4. Toll-free State of Missouri COVID-19 hotline: (877)435-8411
  5. Did you take your COVID-19 Test at Fitzgibbon Hospital?  Click here for an important information sheet that includes your next steps.
    a. Haga clic aquí para ver la versión en español.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

     *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

How to make homemade masks from a bandanna, scarf or t-shirt
from the U.S. Surgeon General

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  • The Living Center Staff performing double duty - Published 4/10/2020
    • Policies restricting non-essential personnel mean that services such as haircuts, hair styling and pedicures also have been stopped. Enter the multi-talented TLC staff members with backgrounds in cosmetology to help out by providing these personal care services.
  • Fitzgibbon launches new way to connect patients to caregivers amidst COVID-19 concerns - Published 4/8/2020
    • Video communications platforms like Skype, FaceTime and Zoom allow people to connect “virtually.” The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - the governmental agency which regulates much of how healthcare providers operate in this country – recognized the value of these communication platforms and loosened the rules around their use to provide telemedicine services
  • Think you might have COVID-19?  Click here to take our online assessment - Published 4/7/2020
    • A medical provider will follow up with you by the end of the next business day to discuss your options for care.
  • Heart meets Technology during COVID-19 Pandemic in Saline County - Published 4/3/2020
    • When giving hearts intersect with new technology, you get solutions to problems you may not have realized were possible. Jason Wasson, Josh Teague and Jeremy Lucas utilize 3D Printers to help healthcare staff.
  • First Positive Case of COVID-19 Virus for Saline County - Published 4/1/2020
    • Fitzgibbon Hospital has received results from its first two positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus for patients originating in Saline County. The results were returned this afternoon by its partner commercial laboratory and communicated to the Saline County Health Department. At the point of testing the patients were advised to self-quarantine at home and given educational materials from the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Hand-sewn masks offer colorful pick-me-up in COVID-19 preparations - Published 3/27/2020
    • While hospitals across the country are reporting supply shortages, Fitzgibbon Hospital is thankful for the many individuals in the community who have showed their support to these front-line warriors by providing hand-sewn masks.
  • First Positive COVID-19 Test Conducted by Fitzgibbon Hospital - Published 3/25/2020
    • Fitzgibbon Hospital has received results from its first positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus for a patient originating in Lafayette County. The results were returned overnight by its partner commercial laboratory and communicated to the Lafayette County Health Department.
  • Steps your hospital has taken for safety and care - Published 3/20/2020
    • As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, Fitzgibbon Hospital is working hard to make sure all patients, staff, vendors and guests are safe and well cared for. A cross-functional team has been meeting daily to ensure an organizational-wide approach to policies and procedures, with the needs of patients at the forefront.

  • Triage Tents placed at Entrances - Published 3/17/2020 (current with the exception of visitor policy which was updated 3/18/2020)
    •  Several tents will be going up near the exterior entrances to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall to help facilitate screening of patients and visitors prior to entering the facility and to serve as temporary triage areas to evaluate patients who are referred for further testing including COVID-19 testing. These tents are NOT for on-demand testing but instead are being used to keep potential exposure of patients and healthcare staff to a minimum. Many hospitals across the country are implementing these temporary tents as they work to minimize risks for patients and employees alike.



The shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), is certainly a challenge for our staff.  As such, homemade masks meeting certain specifications can be used to help with this concern.  Just as in the world wars of our nation's past, those back home worked hard to send supplies to those in the fight.  You can do this for us, right here in Marshall.

Details about making/delivering fabric masks for our staff

  • Click here for a link to instructions
  • Use tightly-woven cotton fabric on both sides.  
  • Call (660)831-3850 to arrange a time for pickup.
    • (You will be met in a facility parking lot at a pre-arranged time.)
  • Collected masks will be immediately sent to laundry/processing to be prepared for use. 
  • Any surplus masks will be distributed to other organizations in need.
  • Per healthcare guidelines, we cannot utilize N95 masks that are not new and in original packaging.

Information continues to be collected and communicated about the COVID-19 virus. 
You are strongly encouraged to frequently check with
the above websites for the fastest and most accurate sources for updates.

As part of enhanced efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus), effective March 18 Fitzgibbon Hospital is updating its visitor policy to include additional restrictions and overall discouragement of visitors, to include children under the age of 18. Providing quality patient care to our community remains the focus of everything we do. 


  • Updated: 3/18/2020

    As part of enhanced efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus), effective March 18 Fitzgibbon Hospital has adopted a NO VISITOR policy.  Providing quality patient care to our community remains the focus of everything we do. 
    Fitzgibbon Hospital will allow NO VISITORS with the following exceptions

  • Please note, patients are allowed one individual to accompany them in the following circumstances.  These individuals must pass the COVID-19 Screening in order to enter the facility. Individuals are allowed to leave and re-enter the building but must be re-screened prior to re-entry.
    • Policy applies to all locations
      • When patient is a minor (under the age of 18), 2 guardians will be allowed
      • When patient is in labor & delivery & post-partum
      • When patient requires assistance to move through the hospital
      • When patient is confused or developmentally disabled
      • When patient is undergoing conscious sedation
      • When patient requires transportation to long-term or skilled nursing facility
      • When patient is at end of life (guidance on number provided by management)
    • The main lobby will close at 6 p.m. nightly. Weekend hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In lieu of a personal visit, please utilize FaceTime, Skype or other virtual means to connect with a loved one in the hospital.

We apologize for any inconvenience this new policy may cause, and we hope you understand we do not make these decisions lightly or without considerable thought. These are difficult but necessary steps intended to keep everyone safe as we implement procedures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

This policy is subject to change as the situation evolves. We appreciate your understanding during this time as the situation is rapidly evolving.