Temporary visitor policy

Effective Monday, June 28, 2021

As we continue to see a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in our community, effective Monday, June 28, 2021, visitation is open 24/7, with specific exceptions outlined below.

COVID-19 patients:

  • One visitor permitted.
  • All visitors for COVID-19 patients will be provided PPE and instructed on use when they arrive on the COVID unit. There will be zero tolerance for removing any PPE or wearing it improperly while in the room.
  • Virtual visitation will remain as an available alternative in the North Tower private consultation room. The room is outfitted with an iPad to connect loved ones with patients if they don’t’ have a personal device to connect. Our team is available to assist visitors with using the technology.

Labor and Delivery patients:

  • Two visitors are permitted during labor and delivery.
  • Once the patient is moved to Mother/Baby postpartum, 24/7 open visitation.

Hospital cafeteria: Visitors are permitted in the cafeteria, but must maintain social distancing.

The Main Entrance at the North Tower and the Emergency Department Entrance are open 24/7. Entrance C, located at the four-story Hernando Medical Offices building, is open Monday-Saturday from 6:00am - 6:00pm. Outside of those hours, please enter through the Main Entrance at the North Tower for visitation, and through the Emergency Department for emergency situations.

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.

Patients may consider using phone, Skype, or FaceTime to communicate with family and friends during this time.

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.