FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Community Hospital (FMCH) is opening the indoor walking track to public use effective Monday, February 22, 2021. The indoor walking track was closed to protect community members in March of 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The indoor walking track, located in the FMCH Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, will be open for public use Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The number of walkers will be limited and is by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 319-376-2198 Monday-Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Appointments will be scheduled as received, and can be made on a weekly basis, starting on Friday for the following week. All walking times will be limited to 45 minutes with appointments made on an hourly basis.
As part of the re-opening of the indoor walking track, COVID-19 restrictions will apply. All walkers need to enter through the Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Center and be screened for COVID-19. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced.
Walkers are discouraged from loitering in the facility either before or after their designated walking time and they must stay on the walking track. Walkers are also asked to avoid parking in patient parking spots next to the Rehab building.
“We feel it is very important to the health of our community to open the indoor walking track. It has been a cold, long winter already and we hope this will motivate our community members to be able to get out and move. If COVID-19 infections continue their downward trend in our area we can move towards opening up access to our facility even further. For now, we encourage everyone to practice the proven prevention measures of mask wearing, social distancing and good hand hygiene,” expressed Angie Budnik, Community Relations Director.
The outdoor walking path around the pond at FMCH is also maintained for outdoor use.