Bayfront Health Seven Rivers is implementing the strictest local visitation rules yet in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
The Crystal River hospital is banning all visitation with only a few exceptions beginning today, March 20. Those exceptions are:
- Birthing or care partners for obstetric patients are limited to one and must remain the same person the entire stay.
- One parent, guardian or caregiver for patients under the age of 18.
- One caregiver for outpatient surgery and/or testing.
- End of life situations.
- Any visitor meeting these exceptions must be 18 years or older.
That means if a friend or spouse is at Bayfront Health Seven Rivers hospital because of another ailment, such as recovering from a stroke or heart attack, visitors will not be allowed.
That was confirmed by the Chronicle through Jennifer Siem, system director of marketing and public relations for Bayfront Health Seven Rivers hospital and other Community Health Systems facilities.
Meanwhile, Siem said, “We have no positive (coronavirus) patients that we are treating at this time.”
“Bayfront Health Seven Rivers would like to thank the community for your help in maintaining the safety of our patients, visitors and our healthcare team members,” Siem said in a media release. “Our patient care philosophy depends greatly on engaging families to be part of the healing process. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we must take extra steps to protect our patients, staff, visitors and the community.”
The main hospital entrance will be open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Any other time, please enter the facility through the Emergency Department entrance.
Anyone entering the facility will be screened using the following guidelines:
- Traveled from a high-risk area for COVID-19 or been on a cruise in the last 14 days
- If you have had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19
- If you have a cough, fever or difficulty breathing
- If any of these screening criteria are met, patients should tell staff immediately and others will not be permitted entrance to the facility.
If you would like to drop off a card, gift or message of encouragement, we are happy to deliver those to patients, Siem said. You may also call a patient’s room or visit patients using Facetime or another video communication app.