Temporary Visitor Policy (September 3, 2020)

In order 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 8:00am to 8:00pm, 7 days per week.

  • Inpatient Units - One visitor per patient is permitted with the following exceptions:
    • Labor and delivery
      • Two visitors allowed
    • Post-partum Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Pediatrics Unit
      • Two visitors are allowed and one may stay overnight.
    • 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.

    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. If the patient is admitted, the visitor can visit with the patient after the patient is admitted to his/her room.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 will not be considered for visitation unless they are the parent of a hospitalized child.
  • Hospital Cafeteria Visitors are not allowed.

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, 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?
  • Do you have active allergy symptoms—runny nose, cough, watery eyes?
  • Do you have loss of taste, loss of smell, or metallic taste?
  • Do you have bowel or stomach problems?
  • Have you had any recent hospitalization?

If you answer positive (yes) to any of the above – we will not allow entrance 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.