Area healthcare facilities continue to take even more measures to protect their patients and staff in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blessing Health Systems announced Wednesday patients of Blessing Physician Services and the Hannibal Clinic will now be subject to additional safety measures.

Patients will be called the day before their appointment to begin the pre-registration process to cut down time at the registration desk.

Floors have been marked and plexiglass barriers have been installed to encourage social distancing.

The waiting room furniture has also been arranged for social distancing.

And, all patients and employees at Blessing Physician Services and Hannibal Clinic facilities will be wearing masks.