Temporary Visitation Policies
UF Health – Gainesville
Hospitals, outpatient surgical centers and emergency rooms
- For all adult patients, one designated visitor per patient for the duration of the visit
- For patients at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, two designated visitors per patient for the duration of the visit; one visitor rotating at a time
- For the Children’s Hospital, designated visitors will receive a lime green wristband
- For the other hospitals, designated visitors will receive an orange wristband
- No children under the age of 18 are permitted to visit
For everybody’s safety during the COVID-19 response, UF Health has taken the responsible step to limit visitors to our hospitals. Meanwhile, we appreciate that staying connected to loved ones can have a positive impact on a patient’s health and well-being. And it’s important for family and friends to stay in touch and aware of a patient’s status throughout their care. Thanks to today’s internet and social media tools, virtual communication is easier than ever. For detailed instructions on how to virtually visit your loved one using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, select one of these options:
- We will screen all patients and visitors entering our hospitals, outpatient surgery facilities and emergency rooms in Gainesville to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
- Screeners will take the temperature of all visitors entering the hospital.
- Visitors with illness symptoms, including fever, cough or shortness of breath; and those who have traveled internationally or returned from a cruise in the last 14 days will not be permitted to enter our hospitals, outpatient surgery facilities or emergency rooms.
- All patients and visitors are required to wear a face covering/mask when entering UF Health facilities, in public/common areas and in patient care areas. During the screening process, if you are not wearing a face covering, we will provide one of our ear loop masks. Patients will be informed of this information via phone at the time of appointment scheduling, and information will be included on reminder calls.
- Staff without a UF Health employee ID badge or GatorOne card will also be required to go through the screening process.
Screenings will take place at the following locations:
- UF Health Shands Hospital
- UF College of Dentistry west entrance (near the Medical Lab/Outpatient Pharmacy)
- Main Atrium entrance
- UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital & UF Health Shands Pediatric E.R.
- Children’s Hospital Lobby (Sebastian Ferrero Atrium)
- Pediatric E.R. entrance
- UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital & UF Health Shands E.R.
- Main entrance (by Garden of Hope)
- Adult E.R. entrance
- UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital
- Both entrances, between visitor desk and gift shop
- UF Health Shands Emergency Center – Springhill
- UF Health Emergency Center – Kanapaha
- UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital
Outpatient Practices – Guests Accompanying Patients
Whenever possible, patients should come to appointments alone to support social distancing and decrease the number of people in our spaces. When others must accompany the patient to a visit, typically only one additional person is necessary (for example, parents of a child or support individuals for a vulnerable individual), and may not be able to accompany the patient all the way to exam spaces where distancing is not possible.
All patients and their accompanying guest are expected to wear a face covering while in our clinical areas.
UF Health Jacksonville
Updated July 4, 2020
Due to the sharp increase in the number of people testing positive in Duval County, we are making changes to several policies and guidelines effective July 5 across UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health North. Refer to the CDC website at cdc.gov/covid19 for updates on recommendations.
In order to minimize exposure related to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitation within the hospital is suspended until further notice.
The number of hospital entrances continues to be limited and all inpatient waiting areas will remain closed.
The following visitation exceptions will be considered:
- Family members during end-of-life situations
- Individuals authorized to make care decisions for patients
- Parents/guardians of pediatric patients
- Spouses/partners of Labor and Delivery patients
Approved visitors will be screened for fever, cough and shortness of breath, and will not be able to enter the facility if they have these symptoms.
Please note that masks/face coverings are required on all UF Health campuses and facilities.
We are limiting access to buildings on the UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health North campuses.
- Clinical Center: Two entrances remain open for patients and visitors: at the front lobby off of 8th Street and at the emergency room off of Roy Baker Drive. All other entrances are closed to visitors. Staff will continue to use the MRI staff entrance behind the hospital or any badge tap doors.
- Ambulatory Care Center: Main entrance remains open. Double doors by the emergency room entrance are closed.
- Towers: Use the main entrance on ground floor.
- Pavilion: Use the main entrance on ground floor.
- UF Health North: Entrance for patients and visitors is limited to one point at the front of the building. Employees can use their badge to enter through the back of the building.
- Patients will continue to follow social distancing requirements, and face masks are required.
- Office staff will provide you with additional guidance.
- Valet services remain suspended.
UF Health – Central Florida
- In line with the governor’s recommendations, UF Health Central Florida facilities will restrict visitors to only one per patient.
- All patients and visitors will continue to be medically screened, including temperature checks, at hospital entrances upon arrival.
- Maternity patients who test positive for COVID-19 are not permitted to have visitors at this time.
- Visitors and staff will be required to wear masks at all times while in the hospital.
- Visitors are expected to follow verbal and/or posted instructions, such as signs that read No Visitors or Isolation.
- Hospital visiting hours are from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.