Brevard’s Well being First Adopts a No Visiting Coverage as Florida hospital admissions for COVID-19 improve

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida. Coronavirus hospital admissions continue to rise in Florida and Brevard County’s Health First implements a no-go policy.

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health reported that 15,169 people with COVID-19 will be hospitalized in Florida.

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Therefore, according to Health First, the new policy begins at 5 a.m. on Wednesday at Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital.

Here is a list of the exceptions that allow a single visitor to enter the hospitals:

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  • Legal guardian or authorized representative

  • Father or partner or doula can be approved for an obstetric delivery

  • A child can visit a parent

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For an end-of-life situation, patients can have a visitor who is approved and checked in through security. According to First Health, patients admitted outside of visiting hours are allowed to have a visitor until the patient is accommodated in their room.

Hospital officials said friends and family members are being encouraged to use smartphones to have virtual visits for anyone admitted to the hospital.

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In late July, Health First stopped performing all non-emergency surgeries to clear hospital space for COVID-19 patients.

In St. Petersburg, hospital admissions have soared that some patients arriving by ambulance have to wait an hour in front of a hospital before entering a facility, according to an Associated Press report.

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