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Health First to allow one guest per patient inside medical facilities

Temperature checks, face masks required

FILE - In this March 13, 2020 file photo, a nurse at a drive-up coronavirus testing station set up by the University of Washington Medical Center wears a face shield and other protective gear as she waits by a tent in Seattle. Experts and health officials who are trying to plan a response to the coronavirus outbreak are missing a critical piece of information  the number of health care workers who have tested positive for the disease. Washington state faced the first major outbreak of COVID-19 in the nation, but health officials have not kept track of how many doctors and nurses have the disease. New York also lacks infection figures for medical staff, according to Jill Montag, spokeswoman with the New York State Department of Health. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
FILE - In this March 13, 2020 file photo, a nurse at a drive-up coronavirus testing station set up by the University of Washington Medical Center wears a face shield and other protective gear as she waits by a tent in Seattle. Experts and health officials who are trying to plan a response to the coronavirus outbreak are missing a critical piece of information the number of health care workers who have tested positive for the disease. Washington state faced the first major outbreak of COVID-19 in the nation, but health officials have not kept track of how many doctors and nurses have the disease. New York also lacks infection figures for medical staff, according to Jill Montag, spokeswoman with the New York State Department of Health. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Effective Friday, Health First will allow one visitor to accompany each patient inside their medical facilities.

The changes to visitation policies came as Florida neared the ends of its first week under phase one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening plan.

Officials with Health First said visitors will be allowed to switch out during the day, and there there are limited exceptions where two visitors will be allowed:

  • Pediatric patients (including NICU) may have both parents
  • End-of-life patients
  • Obstetrical delivery: Partner and doula will be allowed

Other measures to protect patients and their accompanying guests were also announced by hospital officials:

  • Social distancing is required
  • Masking policy requires anyone entering the facility to wear a mask
  • COVID-19 screening questions will be asked to each person entering the facilities
  • Visitors and patients will be asked not to wear gloves, and instead will be encouraged to practice proper hand hygiene by washing their hands or using hand sanitizer
  • Universal temperature checks at all medical facilities will begin Monday

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