Rapides Regional returns to pre-COVID visitation policy


ALEXANDRIA, La., October 7, 2021 – After one year and nine months, Rapides Regional Medical Center is happy to announce the return of pre-COVID visitation guidelines beginning Monday, October 11, 2021 with two exceptions.

ICU visitation will remain limited to two visits per day, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital will still allow two visitors per patient.

As a reminder, these COVID-related precautions are still in place:

  • No visitors under age 15.
  • ICU waiting areas remain closed.
  • COVID patients are not allowed visitors but virtual visits are possible.
  • Visitors will be required to provide and wear their own mask during their visit.
  • ER patients will be allowed two visitors as circumstances and room assignments allow.

At this time, all campus entrances will be open to the public. After 9 p.m., all RRMC visitors must enter through the ER entrance. Visitors to Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital can use the Scott Street entrances 24/7.

Our Surgery Waiting area is now open as well.

Rapides Regional Medical Center continues to assess its protocols, and will adjust as needed. As of today, RRMC has nine hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Since the numbers have dropped drastically, we will no longer post daily COVID numbers on our social media pages effective tomorrow. We will continue to share updates and tips on our social media pages regarding community COVID resources and advice about how to protect you and your family from viruses.

About Rapides Regional Medical Center

Rapides Regional Medical Center is a 380-bed acute care hospital located in Alexandria, La., providing healthcare on a higher level for families in approximately 16 central Louisiana parishes. Our mission is to provide high quality, efficient and compassionate health care services for our patients and community through the efforts of our employees, physicians and volunteers.

Rapides Regional Medical Center has provided state-of-the-art, comprehensive medical services to our community for more than 118 years. Our campus is home to Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Rapides Cancer Center, Rapides Outpatient Center, Rapides Regional Trauma Center, 51-bed emergency department, NICU, PICU and ICU. Read about these services and more at rapidesregional.com.

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