Safety Measures Taken at UF Health Hospitals and E.R.s

We know you may have fears and concerns about going to an E.R. or a hospital as we deal with the current COVID-19 pandemic. At UF Health, we have taken many steps to safeguard the health of our patients, visitors and caregivers throughout our hospitals and emergency rooms in Gainesville.

For patients and visitors, the following precautions are in place:

  • Two designated visitors per patient for the duration of the visit; one visitor rotating at a time
  • Limiting visitors to two for each patient’s entire hospital stay or visit;
  • No one under the age of 18 allowed to visit
  • Screening of all visitors for signs and symptoms of illness, including cough, fever or shortness of breath; checking temperatures; not permitting visitation by those who are ill
  • Requiring a face covering be worn by visitors (offering masks to those who do not have them) 
  • Encouraging virtual visits with loved ones when possible
  • Eliminating food and flower deliveries within our hospitals

Additional safety measures being taken by our caregivers to help protect our patients and visitors include:

  • Wearing masks while in all areas
  • Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, or PPE, including the use of N95 masks, when treating COVID-19 positive patients
  • Educating staff on the proper procedures for donning and doffing various types of PPE using videos and written instructions
  • Assigning COVID-positive patients to specific, designated units in the hospital 
  • Converting in-person patient visits to virtual visits whenever possible
  • Constant thorough cleaning throughout our hospitals and ERs by our environmental services staff
  • Offering confidential COVID-19 testing through the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute research lab for healthy ER faculty, staff and first responders

As part of UF Health’s efforts to advance research opportunities to learn how this virus spreads, we have also conducted air sampling studies in areas within UF Health Shands where COVID-19 positive patients have been housed, including the ER and inpatient units. We are pleased to report that no signs of the virus were found in these areas or in the air handler systems.