Temporary visitor policy
Updated as of: September 22, 2020
To protect our patients, visitors, physicians, and caregivers from the spread of the coronavirus, we are enacting a revised temporary hospital visitor policy as follows.
Visitor Hours are:
Enter through Main Entrance
- Saturday, Sunday
Enter through Emergency Room Entrance
Inpatient Units – One visitor per patient, per day is permitted with the following exceptions:
- Labor and Delivery, Post-partum Unit
- One support person is allowed.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Scheduled through the NICU.
- Facilities with Baker Act Receiving Behavioral Health Units
- No visitors are allowed except those legally required including a patient’s attorney of record, or a state or federal representative on official duty.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Units
- For the protection of our patients, visitors, and caregivers, we do not allow visitors to visit COVID-19 patients; nor do we allow visitors to visit those undergoing investigation for COVID-19 or as ordered by the physician.
Exceptions must be approved by the hospital Administrator on Call (AOC) or administration and can be made for end of life situations.
Emergency Room – One visitor is allowed per patient in the ER.
Patients Undergoing Procedures – One visitor is allowed per patient. Visitor must remain in the designated waiting area.
Anyone under the age of 16 will not be considered for visitation unless they are the parent of a hospitalized child.
All persons authorized to enter the hospital MUST practice hand sanitization upon entering the hospital and upon entering and exiting a patient’s room and MUST wear a mask at ALL times, including in a patient’s room. All visitors will have their temperature taken, be screened for illness
- 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? (PPE)
- Are you currently being tested for COVID-19?
- Do you have allergy symptoms – runny nose, cough, watery eyes?
- Do you have loss of taste, loss of smell, or metallic taste?
- Do you have recent bowel or stomach problems?
- Have you had any recent hospitalization?
If a person screens positive (yes) to any of the above, he/she will not be provided access to the hospital unless seeking emergency medical assistance.
Patients may consider using phone, Skype, or FaceTime to communicate with family and friends during this time.