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Tampa General Hospital updates visitation policy due to increase in COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 5:05 AM, Feb 04, 2022

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa General Hospital updated its visitation policy on Thursday due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state and in Hillsborough County, according to the hospital's website.

The new policy, listed below, went into effect on Wednesday, February 16.

  • Individuals 18 and under are not allowed into the hospital, except with approval by the nursing unit for very rare circumstances.
  • You may not come and go from the hospital multiple times during the day. Only one entry per person per day is allowed.
  • Upon entry, you must provide a government issued photo identification card.
  • All visitors must be free of COVID-19 and illness symptoms (screening takes place prior to the entrance).
    • You may not enter if you are ill in any way, including sneezing, cough, fever, sore throat, headache, runny nose, or fatigue.
    • You may not enter if you have been exposed to a COVID-positive individual within the last 10 days
  • All visitors must always wear a procedure mask, fully covering your nose and mouth. Failure to do so will result in you being asked to immediately leave the hospital and not being able to return.
  • Outside food deliveries or drop-offs for visitors are not allowed, including services such as Uber Eats or Grubhub.
  • Visitation to COVID-positive patients who are on strict isolation is not allowed.

Visitor Hours - Main Hospital

  • 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Patients may have one visitor at a time (over 18 years of age) each day.

Area-Specific Information

  • Operating Rooms/Procedural Areas
    • One support person per patient who must remain in the waiting area.
  • Labor and Delivery
    • Two support persons (including doulas) 24 hours a day.
  • Post Partum
    • One support person 24 hours a day. One visitor during visiting hours.
  • Pediatrics
    • One parent or guardian 24 hours a day. One visitor during visiting hours.
  • NICU
    • One parent or guardian 24 hours a day. One visitor during visiting hours (parent, guardian or grandparent only).
  • Adult Emergency Department
    • One person may accompany the patient while in the Emergency Department when volume allows.
    • For everyone’s safety, when volumes do not allow for physical distancing, we may ask the visitor to remain in their car until the patient is placed in his or her room.
  • Pediatric Emergency Department
    • Two parents/guardians may accompany the child. During times of extreme volume, this may be reduced to one parent.