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 our hospitals 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 Joint Commission. 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.

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.

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

The following is in effect until further notice: 

View Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Visitation Guidelines

View Manatee Memorial Hospital Visitation Guidelines 

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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