Rapides Regional Medical Center is adjusting its visitation policy effective, Tuesday, March 23. Due to a decline in the COVID-19 numbers in our community, we will now allow patients to receive TWO visitors at a time and are expanding visiting hours until 9pm.

In addition, ICU visitation will now take place from 10am to 11am and 8:30pm to 9:30pm daily.

The visitation policy guidelines are listed below:

  • Two dedicated parents/caregivers for pediatric or mentally disabled patients who cannot be left alone
  • Two dedicated partners for active labor/delivery patients during delivery only
  • Two dedicated caregivers/driver for outpatient surgery/cath lab patients
  • Two dedicated family members for patients where end of life care is being given
  • Two dedicated parents at a time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Any individual who meets the above criteria will still go through the screening process to enter the RRMC campus. Those who screen positive will not be allowed access.

Rapides Regional Medical Center is happy to invite additional family members to visit their loved ones under this expanded visitation policy. RRMC will continue following CDC-recommended protocols for the coronavirus (COVID-19).


  • No visitors under age 15
  • COVID patients are not allowed visitors, but virtual visits are possible.
  • Visitors are required to provide and wear their own mask during their visit and be screened on arrival.

All visitors must enter Rapides Regional Medical Center through the Medical Terrace first floor entrance Monday through Friday between 7:30am and 5:30pm. After 5:30pm, visitors can enter through the Emergency Room entrance until 9pm. (Any visitor planning to stay the night must be checked in before 9pm.)

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors should be screened at the ER entrance between 7:30am and 9pm. No visitors will be allowed entrance after 9pm. Those visiting Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital may still use the Scott Street entrance, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Circumstances may allow for specific exceptions to any visitation restrictions described on this webpage. Those circumstances include religious visitation as well as a designated support person for a patient with a disability to provide assistance with communication or other necessary components of the patient's treatment. All persons entering under an exception remain subject to appropriate infection control protocols.