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Parrish Medical Center places restrictions on hospital visitors to prevent spread of coronavirus

The array of restrictions comes as the number of people infected with the virus in Florida rose to 70

(Photo: Parrish Medical Center)
(Photo: Parrish Medical Center)

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Parrish Medical Center in Titusville is now placing limitations on visitors for hospital patients as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, News 6 partner Florida Today reports.

These new limitations are designed to "protect medically at-risk patients and hospital care providers," according to a statement from Parrish Healthcare.

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The array of restrictions comes as the number of people infected with the virus in Florida rose to 70 by Saturday morning.

The restrictions at Parrish Medical Center include:

  • Visitors to the Titusville hospitals exhibiting flu-like symptoms — fevers above 100, cough, sore throat — will not be allowed to visit patients. Visitors who exhibit flu-like illness (fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, a cough or sore throat) may not visit hospitalized patients during COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Visitors are limited to two at a time. Obstetrics visitors must follow additional restrictions. OB visitors must be preregistered. Any OB visitors not on the visitation list will not be permitted into the unit. 
  • No one under age 18 is permitted to visit a hospitalized patient.
    • Emergency Department exceptions: Minors with medical necessity must be seen. Minors with parent who is a patient are permitted to stay with patient in the ER. 
    • Exceptions may be made for those visiting patients receiving end-of-life care.
  • The hospital will at a minimum conduct passive screening of visitors including posting of signage and public notices about the visitation restrictions.
  • Active visitor screening may be implemented as needed in consultation with and approval of hospital administration.