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Hospital Visitation Temporary Restrictions

Last updated: March 30, 2020

As coronavirus continues to spread in our community, it is important that we take bold steps to protect our patients and mitigate the risk of exposing it to our staff. In accordance with guidance received by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and Florida Department of Health (FDOH), starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, we are not allowing most visitors into our hospitals.

These procedures are in effect until further notice:

Acute Care Hospitals – Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center, Cape Coral Hospital and Lee Memorial Hospital

  • No visitors are allowed except for compassionate care situations such as end-of-life. In those cases, visitors will be limited to a specific room only and only 1 person is allowed. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the respective hospital dyad leaders or their designee as needed.
  • No children less than 12 years old will be allowed.
  • All guests or visitors entering acute care facilities will be screened at the door with three questions. If any of the answers are positive, the visitor will not be allowed to enter the facility.
  • No visitors will be allowed to enter “Person Under Investigation” rooms. This applies to obstetrics units, in addition to acute care hospitals. One parent is allowed in pediatric PUI room.
  • No visitors will be allowed to enter any isolation rooms except for compassionate use as described above. These visitors must wear appropriate protective personal equipment.

Obstetric Services at HealthPark Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital

  • Family Birth Suites, Special Care, Antepartum and Mom/Baby units will be limited to 1 support person for visitation throughout the hospital stay.
  • No children less than 12 years old will be allowed.

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

  • Until further notice, Golisano Children’s Hospital is limiting visitation to one parent or support person.  No one under the age of 12 will be allowed to accompany or stay with a patient in Golisano. We encourage the rest of the family to remain closely connected to your loved one through virtual means, like Skype, FaceTime or telephone calls.

Thank you for your understanding and support. We are making these changes to protect you, your loved one, and the loved ones of others in our facilities. We will ease the restrictions as soon as possible.


Updated: March 8, 2020

Due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID 19) and its impact on older adults and those who may already be weakened by other illness, we are making temporary changes to our visitation policies.

  • Visitors experiencing symptoms of coughing, fever, sneezing, or runny nose, shortness of breath cannot visit until symptoms clear.
  • All visitors will complete a questionnaire before being allowed to visit
  • No visitors who have traveled outside of the United States in the previous 14 days.
  • No children under 12.
  • No more than two (2) people at time in the hospital room

Thank you for your understanding and support.