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.

A Healthy Visitor policy remains in place which prohibits those with a cold, cough, respiratory illness or fever from visiting hospitalized patients or accompanying patients to visits. Visitors and support persons who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to visit.

THESE GUIDELINES APPLY TO ALL AREAS:

• Visitors and patients will be screened for symptoms of acute respiratory illness upon entering the building.
• All individuals must comply with the screening process and practice hand hygiene upon entry.
• A face covering or mask is required upon entry and must be worn properly while in the facility.
• Visitors must remain in the patient’s room and are not allowed to leave the unit or patient’s room except for basic personal needs. (food and restrooms)
• Children under the age of 18 will not be permitted to visit hospitalized patients unless there are extraordinary circumstances.
• Exceptions to these restrictions can only be granted by the patient’s care team in extenuating circumstances.

THESE PATIENT-SPECIFIC OR UNIT-SPECIFIC GUIDELINES ARE IN PLACE WHICH
MUST BE COMPLIED WITH AT ALL TIMES:

Non-Covid-19
2nd Floor
Patients

Non-COVID Inpatients may have two visitors or support persons per day.
One support person may remain with the patient at all times. A second visitor
may stay with the patient from 10 am until 6 pm.

Pediatric
Patients

Minor patients under the age of 18 may have two support persons (parent or guardian) at
all times.

Emergency
Department

Due to social distancing, emergency department patients may have one support
person.
Minor patients under the age of 18 may have two support persons (parent or
guardian) at all times.

End-of-Life

Patients who are at the end-of-life may have one to two visitors at a time.

Surgical Areas

Two visitors will be allowed to wait in the waiting area. Only one visitor may come back
with patient to pre-op area.

Outpatient Areas
(Lab, Radiology,
Respiratory, and
Wound)

Visitors are not allowed unless they are accompanying a minor or the caregiver is
needed for assistance with the patient. This restriction is in place due to social
distancing limitations in waiting areas.

COVID-19
Positive & PUI
Patients

No visitors will be allowed for patients who are COVID-19 positive or PUI (person
under investigation) except in end -of-life situations.
COVID-19 positive patients who are at end-of-life may have two visitors or support
persons at the bedside. All individuals, must be approved by the physician, accepts all
risks involved. They will be required to follow strict instructions from clinical staff
related to hand washing, PPE, entry/exit, and length of time with patient.

Clinic Patients

Due to social distancing constraints in waiting areas, patients coming to appointments in
the Clinics are allowed to be accompanied by one guest.
Minor patients under the age of 18 may have two support persons (parent or guardian) at all time.

THESE PATIENT-SPECIFIC OR UNIT-SPECIFIC GUIDELINES PER CDC AND CMS ARE IN
PLACE FOR OUR SKILLED NURSING UNIT / LONG TERM CARE UNIT:

The skilled nursing unit will allow responsible indoor visitation at all times for all residents,
regardless of vaccination status of the resident, or visitor, unless certain scenarios arise
that would limit visitation for:

  • Unvaccinated residents if; 1) the COVID-19 county positivity rate is greater than 10 percent; and 2) less than 70 percent of residents in the facility are fully vaccinated;
  • Residents with confirmed COVID-19 infection, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated until they have met the criteria to discontinue transmission-based precautions; or
  • Residents in quarantine, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, until they have met criteria for release from quarantine.

Visits for compassionate care, such as an end-of-life situation or a residents in decline or distress will be allowed at all times for any resident (vaccinated or unvaccinated), regardless of the above scenarios. In addition, staff and visitors of the skilled nursing unit will continue all infection prevention and control practices.

Residents may have two (2) visitors at a time and there will be no more than eight (8) visitors on the unit at any given time.

Updated 7/16/2021 @ 3:41pm