Temporary visitor policy

Updated as of September 22, 2020

As we continue to see a decrease in the numbers of COVID-19 cases in our community, effective Tuesday, September 22, 2020, we are revising our Temporary Visitor Policy to allow visitors in certain areas. We will continue to monitor the situation and make future updates as necessary.

Visitor Hours are 3:00pm-6:00pm, 7 days per week.

  • Inpatient Units – One visitor per patient is permitted with the following exceptions:
    • Labor and Delivery
      • One visitor allowed 24/7
    • Post-partum Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Pediatrics Unit
      • Two visitors are allowed during the day and one may stay overnight.
    • 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. We will facilitate video conferencing with these patients. Please contact 352-597-3031 if you require assistance in a video visit.
    • End of Life/Terminal Patients
      • Patients who are under the care of hospice may have visitors upon request to the Nursing Supervisor.

All other exceptions may be requested through the Nursing Supervisor.

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:

  • Are you running a fever?
  • Do you have a cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose?
  • Any shortness of breath?
  • Any nausea, vomiting or diarrhea?
  • Any loss of taste or smell?

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.