Area hospitals halt most visitations

COMPILED BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

Halifax Health has implemented a new visitation policy for its Daytona Beach, Port Orange and Deltona hospitals in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Beginning Wednesday, Halifax Health no longer is allowing patient visitation. Exceptions to this policy include:

  • Patients under the age of 18 can be accompanied by one adult visitor (parent, legally authorized person or care-giver). No additional visitors or siblings allowed.
  • Patients in the neonatal intensive care unit can have one adult visitor.
  • Obstetric patients can have one adult visitor.
  • Exceptions will be made for extenuating circumstances such as end-of-life or unique patient needs.

This new visitation policy will remain in effect until the threat of the spread of the virus ceases.

Effective Monday, March 23, Advent Health limited visitors in hospitals in Central Florida due to concerns about the coronavirus.

In a press release issued Friday, the hospital listed these exceptions:

Visitation will be permitted in end-of-life situations

Patients under age 18 may be accompanied by one adult visitor (parent, legally authorized person or caregiver). No additional visitors or siblings allowed.

Obstetric patients can have one adult visitor.

On hospital preparation

On Tuesday, a statement from Volusia County noted that physicians from Halifax Health and AdventHealth said their hospital systems are prepared for an influx of patients and that staff is using personal protective equipment.

Dr. Stephen Viel of Halifax Health noted that one person who tested positive for coronavirus was admitted to a special isolation treatment at Halifax Health Medical Center last weekend.

Dr. David Goldman, chief medical officer for AdventHealth, said staff members there have been “working tirelessly to set up command centers to coordinate resources and set up security and crowd control measures.’’

The doctors urged people to practice “thoughtful preparedness” and frequent handwashing. Persons who are ill should remain home and call their personal physician for direction.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order prohibiting “any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety or wellbeing at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition.”

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