Committed to Safety: Latest Information on COVID-19 Precautions

The safety of our patients and staff has always been and remains our top priority.

As the world continues to navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19, we realize that some people may have questions about coming to the hospital even as they seek to address pressing health issues. Please note that we have implemented extraordinary measures and additional protocols at our hospitals to help ensure safe and clean environments for our patients, physicians, staff and community.

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Joint Commission guidelines, Manatee Healthcare System has moved to “universal masking.” Universal masking means that everyone who enters and is within our healthcare facilities will wear a mask. We are actively monitoring and responding to all recommendations made by the CDC and the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.

Thank you for entrusting your care to us. When you or your loved ones need services, know that we are here … safe, trusted and ready to deliver a superior healthcare experience.

Emergency Department – Do Not Delay in Seeking Critical Care

Our Emergency Departments are staffed 24/7 to serve those with emergency medical conditions. Individuals experiencing serious injuries or medical symptoms such as chest pain, numbness, difficulty breathing or mental confusion should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department. It could save your life.

Our rooms are private and have Indigo-Clean lights for continuous protection from possible infectious germs. We have an additional layer of protection with the utilization of UV light technology that kills germs once a room is unoccupied. Curtains and doors are kept closed and patients are separated based on symptoms.

Individuals Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

If you develop a fever or cough or have difficulty breathing, or have had close contact with someone who has had a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, please seek medical attention by calling your provider’s office or an Urgent Care Center.

If you need help deciding if you should seek medical care, access the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker on the CDC COVID-19 Symptoms page by clicking on the Coronavirus Self-Checker button at the top of the page.

Hospital Services and Programs

Our hospitals are fully operational. We are monitoring for symptoms in patients and implementing isolation protocols, if needed.

Most community health education programs offered by our hospitals in the near term have been canceled or postponed.

Telehealth

For your convenience and safety, virtual visits via telehealth technology are available to address many non-emergency health concerns. Virtual visits allow you to speak with a healthcare provider using a phone, tablet or computer from the comfort of your own home.

Elective Procedures

Our surgery teams are working with physician offices to accommodate the scheduling of surgeries and procedures that were postponed due to COVID-19 or that may have recently become a health priority. If you are scheduled for a procedure, please confirm with your doctor that it remains on schedule. Please see the Visitation section below for information on visitors dropping off and picking up patients for outpatient surgery.

LIMITED VISITATION – Be an Advocate for Your Loved One’s Care

The following is in effect until further notice:

  • Inpatient Nursing Units – Limit of one visitor per patient per day, age 18 or older, may visit a patient on Inpatient Nursing Units. At Manatee Memorial Hospital, visitors are permitted from 12 pm – 6 pm. At Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, visitors are permitted from 4 – 7 pm. The one visitor will be required to enter through the main entrance of the hospital, use antibacterial foam, receive a temperature check and answer a screening questionnaire. The one visitor will be required to wear a mask upon entry and keep it on at all times while at the hospital. The one visitor may provide their own mask or the hospital will provide one for them. The one visitor will also be required to stay in the specific room assigned to the patient. Patients who are positive for COVID-19 or are being tested for COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors.
  • Emergency Department – Limit of one visitor age 18 or older may accompany a patient in the ER. The visitor must come in with the patient at the time of arrival. The visitor will use antibacterial foam, receive a temperature check and answer a screening questionnaire. The patient and the visitor will be required to wear masks upon entry and keep them on at all times. Visitors may provide their own mask or the ER staff will provide one for them. The visitor must stay in the specific room assigned to the patient until discharge.
  • Surgical/Procedural Areas – Limit of one visitor age 18 or older may accompany the patient for admitting and pre-surgical areas. The patient and the visitor will be required to use antibacterial foam, receive temperature checks, answer screening questionnaires and wear masks upon arrival. Patients and visitors may provide their own masks or the hospital will provide them. The visitor will need to leave before the surgery starts and may not wait at the hospital. The visitor will be notified when the patient is ready to be picked up and given their discharge information. The visitor again needs a mask on as they enter the building for discharge.
  • Labor and Delivery – Limit of one support person who may stay overnight. The patient and visitor will use antibacterial foam, receive temperature checks and answer screening questionnaires. The patient and visitor will be required to wear masks upon entry to the hospital and keep them on at all times.
  • Mom and Baby/Post-partum – Limit of one support person who may stay overnight. The support person will use antibacterial foam, receive a temperature check and answer a screening questionnaire. The support person will be required to wear a mask upon entry to the hospital and keep it on at all times. (**Reminder for OB patients' families: when picking up mothers and/or newborns, please secure someone to watch older children, since they are not able to visit the hospital.)
  • Neonatal – Limit of one support person. The support person will use antibacterial foam, receive a temperature check and answer a screening questionnaire before entering the hospital. The support person will be required to wear a mask upon entry and keep it on at all times.
  • Special needs patients, compassionate care/end-of-life situations – All visitors will use antibacterial foam, receive temperature checks and answer screening questionnaires before entering the hospital. They will be required to wear masks upon entry and keep them on at all times.
  • Visitors are subject to temperature check and screening upon arrival at the hospitals. Individuals will be prohibited from entering the hospitals if they:
    • Have been in contact within the last 14 days with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19
    • Have had a cough or flu-like symptoms, including sore throat, headache, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, or abdominal pain, or loss of taste or smell in the last 24 hours
    • Felt feverish or experienced chills in the last 48 hours
    • Had a fever of 100°F or greater in the last 48 hours
  • Travel history will be queried; those who have had travel outside the country or domestically within the last 14 days will not be permitted to proceed within the hospitals.

Thank you for your cooperation and for being an advocate for the health and care of your loved ones and all hospitalized patients.

Prevention

The CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures including:

  • Social distancing – avoiding crowds and crowded spaces, avoiding handshaking and hugging, deliberately staying at least six feet away from other people, and replacing in-person visits with remote check-ins using technology.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60–95% alcohol.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms.

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