Temporary visitor/vendor restrictions (COVID-19) policy
In order to protect our patients, visitors, physicians and caregivers from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are enacting a modified hospital visitor policy.
- Inpatient Units - No visitors are permitted. Exceptions must be approved by the hospital Administrator on Call (AOC) or administration and can be made for:
- end-of-life situations
- labor and delivery, post-partum, and the NICU
- one visitor is allowed and may stay overnight
- behavioral health units
- a patient’s attorney of record, a state of federal representative on official duty, and end-of-life situation visitors are allowed in accordance with State of Florida Emergency Order No. 20-52.
- Emergency Room – One visitor is allowed per patient in the ER. Once a patient is admitted to the hospital, the visitor must leave as visitors are not allowed in inpatient areas.
- Outpatient Procedures – One visitor is allowed per patient who is having an outpatient surgery or other outpatient procedure requiring sedation. Visitor must remain in the designated waiting area. If the patient is admitted as an inpatient, the visitor must leave as visitors are not allowed in inpatient areas.
- Anyone under the age of 18 will not be considered for visitation unless they are the parent of a hospitalized child.
All persons authorized to enter must practice hand sanitization upon entering the hospital and upon entering and exiting a patient’s room. They will be screened and asked the following questions:
- Have you had a fever and signs/symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, flu-like symptoms, or shortness of breath)?
- Have you traveled outside the country within the last 14 days (including a cruise)?
- Have you been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 without wearing the proper protective equipment?
- Are you currently being tested for COVID-19?
- If the screen is positive (yes) to any of the above – no access to the facility unless seeking emergency medical assistance.
Patients may consider using phone, Skype, or FaceTime to communicate with family and friends during this time.