About Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)


Baptist Health System is working closely with Metropolitan Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to any potential coronavirus cases in our area. We routinely treat infectious diseases at our hospitals. We have strong infection control policies, procedures, and systems in place to screen and treat patients. We are committed to keeping our patients, our staff, and our community safe. For more information about the coronavirus, go to the CDC website..

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Visitor Guidelines

As of May 3, 2021, visitation has been expanded and COVID-19 screening stations will no longer be used at all Baptist Health System hospitals. Visiting Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, no minors under the age of 16 will be allowed.  

TWO VISITORS are permitted to remain with each patient during visiting hours. The following patient populations can have a visitor or support person at all times:

  • Patients with disabilities who require a medical support person may have a visitor at all times.
  • Patients who are at end of life
  • Patients in active labor to include the immediate perinatal period
  • Pediatric patients to include infants in the NICU

For Elective Surgery/Invasive Procedure Patients – Two Visitors can:

  • Escort the patient to registration,
  • Remain in the designated waiting rooms/lobbies during the patient’s procedure, wearing a mask and practicing social distancing and
  • Remain at the patient’s bedside at all times after recovery.

Visitors must:

  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Wash or sanitize hands
  • Remain in the patient’s room and not congregate in waiting areas
  • Remain in designated waiting rooms/lobbies and practice social distancing for patient’s having surgery/procedure

Patients in isolation for COVID-19 are not permitted visitors with the following exceptions listed below. Visitation should be arranged through the hospital’s House Officer by contacting the patient’s nurse on the unit. Visitors must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the visitation in order to visit.

  • Patients with disabilities
  • Patients who are at end of life
  • Patients in active labor to include the immediate perinatal period
  • Pediatric patients to include infants in the NICU

Visitors cannot visit if they have any of the following symptoms or risk factors:

  • Fever (over 100°F) with or without chills [Includes a measured temperature of over 100°F or a subjective fever (feeling feverish)]
  • Cough, with or without sputum production
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or running nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Close contact (within 6 feet) in the last 14 days with a person who is confirmed positive for COVID-19

Exceptions to the restricted visitation guidelines may be made on an individual basis by hospital executive leadership after careful evaluation of any clinical and/or ethical concerns. We appreciate your support and understanding during this time.

Read more about how our parent company, Tenet Healthcare, is supporting our community through COVID-19.