Enhanced Policy Goes into Effect Wednesday, August 11 at 7am

In order to protect patients, visitors, physicians and caregivers from the spread of COVID-19, Citrus Memorial Hospital is enacting a modified visitor policy beginning Wednesday, August 11 at 7am.

The policy bars visitors with exceptions for the Women and Baby Center, Emergency Room, outpatient procedures and end-of-life situations. The modified policy is as follows:

  • Inpatient Units - No visitors are permitted. Exceptions must be approved by hospital administration and can be made for end-of-life situations.
  • Women and Baby Center – One visitor is allowed per patient and may stay overnight.
  • Emergency Room – One visitor is allowed per patient in the ER.
  • Outpatient Procedures – One visitor is allowed per patient who is having an outpatient procedure requiring sedation. The visitor must remain in a designated waiting area.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 will not be considered for visitation unless they are the parent of a hospitalized child.

New screening process (Effective June 7, 2021)

Passive screening for visitors and non-urgent/emergent patients

To all visitors and all patients, except those coming for urgent or emergent care:

You may only enter the facility if the answer to each of the following questions is “yes.”

  • I have not had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, or thought to have COVID-19, within the last 14 days.
  • I have none of the following symptoms:
    • Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
  • I agree to wear a mask at all times that I am not eating or drinking while in the facility.

Be prepared to confirm that the above is true prior to entering the facility.

Screening process for patients coming for urgent or emergent care

To patients coming for urgent or emergent care:

  • Wear a mask all times while inside the facility.
  • Alert a staff member upon arrival to the Emergency Department if exhibiting any of the possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19:
    • Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

Patients may consider using phone, Skype, or FaceTime to communicate with family and friends during this time.

Circumstances may allow for specific exceptions to any visitation restrictions described on this webpage. Those circumstances include religious visitation as well as a designated support person for a patient with a disability to provide assistance with communication or other necessary components of the patient’s treatment. All persons entering under an exception remain subject to appropriate infection control protocols.

Circumstances may allow for specific exceptions to any visitation restrictions described on this webpage. Those circumstances include religious visitation as well as a designated support person for a patient with a disability to provide assistance with communication or other necessary components of the patient's treatment. All persons entering under an exception remain subject to appropriate infection control protocols.