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West Orange Times & Observer Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 4 months ago

Orlando Health adjusts visitation policies

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Non-coronavirus patients now will be allowed two adult visitors per day.
by: Danielle Hendrix Associate Editor

As of Feb. 1, some Orlando Health patients will be allowed multiple visitors again.

Orlando Health announced Friday, Jan. 29, that it will be adjusting its visitation policy for non-coronavirus patients. 

Starting Feb. 1, patients hospitalized at most Orlando Health hospitals will be permitted two adult visitors during daily visiting hours. Visitors are no longer required to be the same two people for the duration of the patient’s stay, except at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies and South Lake Hospital’s OB/GYN unit.

Orlando Health emergency departments and surgery/procedural areas will continue to only allow one visitor.

“At the onset of the pandemic, we suspended our routine patient visitation for the health and safety of our patients and care team, limiting to one and the same visitor for the duration of the patient’s hospitalization,” said Dr. Jamal Hakim, Orlando Health’s chief operating officer. “Now, 10 months later, we have successfully proven that we can safely allow for greater visitation without spreading COVID-19.”

Visitors will be screened, temperature checked and asked to adhere to appropriate precautions including masking, hand washing and social distancing.

Orlando Health is not yet adjusting the visitation policy for patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Visitors should check with their loved one’s facility for specific guidelines before arriving.

Danielle Hendrix is the Associate Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Florida, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in world comparative studies. ...

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