NFCH RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Northwest Florida Community Hospital has been working hard to keep our patients, staff, and community healthy and safe. In response to the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic, we have taken multiple measures and precautions to minimize the spread of this infection.

We are following all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Health, Florida Hospital Association and the World Health Organization (WHO). NFCH is prepared for and capable of providing care for patients with all manner of illness, including the COVID-19 virus.

In an effort to prevent the spread of this virus, some of the specific temporary actions we have taken are:

    • Restricting entrances to the ER Registration entrance only
    • Restricting visitors in the hospital
  • EVERYONE must be screened upon entering the facility to include temperature, masking, and completing the questionnaire log.

            Exceptions

  • Those seeking treatment in the ER are not required to sign in, HOWEVER, they still must be masked and verbally screened for COVID-19 symptoms to include:
  • Any known contact with COVID positive patient
  • High risk area (travel or occupation)
  • Cough, fever, SOB
  • Anyone seeking treatment for COVID symptoms should not be allowed inside and instead directed to the EMS entrance for registration and treatment.
  • Anyone with life-threatening emergency should be masked if possible before taken into the facility and may bypass the sign in questionnaire.

VISITORS

  • No visitors allowed with patients in Wound Care, OR, Lab and Radiology

            Exceptions

  • End of Life
  • Pediatric Patients
  • Special Needs

ER

  • One visitor is allowed to accompany each ER patient, IF they are masked and not symptomatic according to the questionnaire.

          Exceptions

  • End of Life
  • Pediatric Patients
  • Special Needs
  • Trauma
  • ONE family member will be allowed to accompany the patient to the floor during admission to make sure they are settled, etc. for one (1) hour. At this time, the visitor may swap out to allow another family member to see the patient.

2nd FLOOR / MED SURG / SWING BED

  • One visitor per patient will be allowed from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily on 2nd Floor / Med Surg / Swing Bed
  • one family member may stay with patient, if deemed necessary by the physician/manager to assist in the care of the patient
  • COVID-19 Positive Patients – will not be allowed visitors EXCEPT – End of Life Patients

 

3rd FLOOR / LONG TERM CARE

  • Scheduled appointment only outdoor visitation will start October 6, 2020

Two visitors for 30 minute outdoor visitations

Click Here For Masking Protocol

These restrictions will be effective on Thursday October 1, 2020. We will provide updates as conditions change.

The best precautions you can take to prevent infections are:

  • Frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean All high-touch surfaces daily
  • Covering coughs and sneezes to avoid spreading the virus
  • Getting a flu shot each year
  • Stay home if you are sick, including keeping children home if they are sick
  • Calling your healthcare provider if you develop flu-like symptoms

Updated 8/1/2020 @ 8:27am