North Florida Regional Medical Center restricts visitors for ER patients as COVID-19 cases rise
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -North Florida Regional medical center will not allow visitors for emergency room patients.
Officials made the announcement Friday citing the Centers for Disease Control decision to designate all the counties in Florida as high-risk transmission areas for COVID. The policy goes into effect at 12:00 a.m. on Saturday.
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No visitors will be allowed for patients at the hospital’s Main ER or at Millhopper, West End, and Starke ERs. There will be exceptions made for parents and guardians of pediatric patients as well as hospice, and palliative care patients.
At this time, non-COVID hospital patients are allowed one visitor during regular hours.
This comes as new cases of COVID-19 are rising in the state. According to the Florida Department of Health’s weekly report, new cases increased by about 50% this week compared to last. Every county in North Central Florida also had more new cases.
In Alachua County, more than one thousand cases were reported this week, that’s an increase of more than 400. Marion County reported the most in the region with nearly two thousand new cases, an increase of more than 800.
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