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
    • Exceptions
      End of Life Situations
      Pediatric Patients
      Special Needs

    • Limiting visitors to only one visitor for ER patients
    • One Visitor is allowed to accompany each ER patient, only if they are masked and do not show symptoms of COVID-19
      Visitors may NOT swap back and forth for patients in the ER
      End of Life Situation
      Pediatric Patients
      Special Needs

  • Restricting visitors to only those over the age of 16.
  • Restricting visitors to the Skilled Nursing Unit
  • Discontinuing serving breakfast and lunch to the community
  • Requiring all visitors to sign in at the entrance point and be screened.
  • Interviewing all visitors for signs and symptoms of infection or exposure to infected persons
  • Requiring all interviewed visitors to wear a tag showing they were screened for illness
  • Requiring all patients with fever or flu-like symptom (cough or shortness of breath) to wear a mask
  • Requiring all patients and visitors entering ANY NFCH building (Hospital, Specialty bldg, Clinic) to wear a mask
  • Following all posted precautions and instructions within the hospital and clinics.
  • Click Here For Masking Protocol

    These restrictions will be effective on Friday, March 13. 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 5/7/2020 @ 2:48pm