Effective Monday, October 18, 2021, we are revising our Temporary Visitor Policy.

In order to improve visitation for our patients, visitors, physicians and caregivers and still keep everyone safe from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are modifying our hospital visitor policy. Exceptions must first be approved by the Hospital Administrator on Call (AOC) or administration, and will be considered in specific circumstances such as at end-of-life.

For the safety of our patients, visitors and caregivers, visitors are NOT allowed to visit Patients Under Investigation for COVID-19 (unless an AOC exception). Patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 will be allowed visitation if;

  • They have not had symptoms throughout their infection
  • 10 days have passed and are not moderately to severely immunocompromised
  • And/or once they are at least 10 days out from first onset of symptoms and at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) have improved.
  • No access for visitors below the age of 16 unless the visitor is the parent of a hospitalized child.

Visitors are permitted to stay overnight (one visitor) except at Behavioral Health.

Patients Undergoing Procedures – One visitor is allowed per patient. Visitor must remain in the designated waiting area. If the patient is admitted, the visitor can visit with the patient after the patient is admitted to his/her room.

Emergency Room (ER) – One visitor is allowed per patient in the ER.

Children’s ER – Parents/guardians.

Women’s Services (Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby) – Up to two support people permitted.

Children’s Services (NICU, PICU, Pediatrics) – Parents/guardians.

Baker Act Receiving Mental Health Units No visitation allowed (per AHCA/DCF Nursing Home Statute) except for those legally required including a patient’s attorney of record, or a state or federal representative on official duty.

Vaccinated Volunteers – Are allowed in all areas apart from designated COVID-19 units.

Any exceptions to the Visitor Policy must be approved by the hospital AOC. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis to address special situations such as end-of-life and other patient-specific circumstances.

New screening process (Effective June 7, 2021)

Passive screening for visitors and non-urgent/emergent patients

To all visitors and all patients, except those coming for urgent or emergent care:

You may only enter the facility if the answer to each of the following questions is “yes.”

  • I have not had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, or thought to have COVID-19, within the last 14 days.
  • I have none of the following symptoms:
    • Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
  • I agree to wear a mask at all times that I am not eating or drinking while in the facility.

Be prepared to confirm that the above is true prior to entering the facility.

Screening process for patients coming for urgent or emergent care

To patients coming for urgent or emergent care:

  • Wear a mask all times while inside the facility.
  • Alert a staff member upon arrival to the Emergency Department if exhibiting any of the possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19:
    • Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

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.