Las Cruces Area Hospital Begins Relaxing Visitor Restrictions June 1st


Limited visitation now available for most patients as elective and non-urgent procedures gradually resume

Las Cruces, New Mexico (May 29, 2020) – Memorial Medical Center (MMC) announced today that it is transitioning from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions as the hospital gradually resumes elective and non-urgent cases and services at its facilities starting June 1st.

The decision was made as current projections continue to indicate a lower than expected volume of
COVID-19 in the region and after careful review of state and federal guidelines. The updated
restrictions will now allow only surgical patients to have one visitor. “Our hospital’s top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community,” said John Harris, CEO of Memorial Medical Center. “We continue to monitor closely the prevalence of the virus in our community. We adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients, and we feel confident that it is safe to begin allowing limited visitors at this time.”

As part of the updated visitor restrictions, surgical patients are now limited to one visitor. All visitors must be 18 years of age or older, will be screened upon entry and are required to wear a mask and an
armband while in the facility. Visitors who do not pass the screening at entry will not be allowed to enter. Visitors are not allowed for high-risk, isolation, immunocompromised or patients who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19.

MMC continues to screen everyone who enters the facility for symptoms consistent with COVID19, per CDC guidelines. For additional updates on how the hospital is working to maintain a safe
and supportive environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit