COVID Update


The health and safety of our staff and community is BCH’s highest priority. With the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the best way to protect yourself and others is vaccination. The Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19. It might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated people. The COVID-19 Vaccinations are safe and effective, and are the best way to prevent serious illness and death.

Why get vaccinated?

  • Protect yourself and our community from getting seriously ill
  • The COVID vaccines were developed using science that has been around for decades – they are NOT experimental.
  • Vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, including against the Delta variant.
  • To learn more about COVID-19 Vaccination, please visit the CDC’s website: Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine | CDC
  • If you are unsure about getting vaccinated, please schedule an appointment with a provider you trust to discuss vaccination.

Can I still contract COVID-19 after I am fully vaccinated?

  • Yes, you can still get COVID-19 (although less likely) – but if you do, you are less likely to get seriously ill/hospitalized.

Are any of the vaccines FDA Approved?

Where can I get vaccinated?

BCH’s Mask Policy

  • ALL patients, visitors, and staff are REQUIRED to wear masks at all times while within the facility. Patients and visitors who refuse to wear a face covering may be asked to leave the facility.

BCH’s Visitor Policy

 We know how important it is for our patients to be with their loved ones when they are ill/hospitalized.

  • The Emergency Department and the Medical/Surgical Unit allow for one (1) visitor per patient per day (visitor to be chosen by patient). This exclude patients with confirmed/suspected COVID-19. Once a visitor leaves for the day, they cannot re-enter the hospital until the next business day.
  • Patients in Hospice Care will be allowed to have family and close friends visit them at end of life. Hospice patients will have individualized visitation plans per each family.
  • Visitors MUST wear a face mask during their ENTIRE visit, and they MUST remain in the patient room. All visitors will participate in the screening process prior to entering the facility.
  • Visitors must also be at least 18 years of age, must be free of fever within the last 72-hours, and must not have any other, current symptoms of COVID-19.

 BCH thanks you for your understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic as we strive to keep our staff and community healthy!

For more information on the status of COVID-19 in our region, please visit Panhandle Health’s website: