What Halifax Health | UF Health is doing
Below is a report and an update on our plans and preparedness during this difficult time in our nation. Three areas are:
- Our Role – To remain open and ready to care for the most ill in our community.
- Our Preparedness – We are prepared for a significant increase in the number of patients requiring hospital services if Covid-19 begins spreading in our community. Our three hospitals have been designed and built to accommodate surges in patient population, virtually allowing us to double our bed capacity if needed.
- Our Commitment – to be there for all the people in our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our 4,300 team members are prepared to once again serve our community in a time of crisis. We hope for the best, but we are prepared for the worst. We stand ready, and beside you, to endure this pandemic
- In addition to an exceptional staff of highly skilled nurses, we have expert physicians on our medical staff representing 54 sub-specialties throughout the hospital system and serving our community as the area’s only Level II Trauma Center.
- We are fortunate at Halifax Health to have full-time, in-house infection control specialists and epidemiologists who are working non-stop to help us understand, communicate and prepare for the latest developments.
- In order to maintain the safest environment for our team members, patients and visitors, and to plan for increased demand, we have set up emergency services tents and separate screening areas at all of our hospitals in order to facilitate quicker and safer screening of patients who present with possible Covid-19 symptoms.
Our visitation policy, has been activated to reduce any opportunity for the virus to enter our hospital during this time, is:
- One visitor allowed per stay with the exception of:
- Patients in isolation.
- Exceptions are being made for extenuating circumstances, such as end of life or unique patient needs.
- We continue to screen everyone entering any of our three hospitals.
- Patients with fever and respiratory infection symptoms are placed in isolation for the protection of staff and other patients. They are seen and evaluated by a qualified medical provider and appropriate treatment is provided.
- Anyone entering an isolation room will wear personal protective equipment that includes gloves, gowns, respiratory protection and eye protection.
- All visitors will be screened for symptoms of the flu and possible Covid-19. Anyone with flu-like symptoms will not be allowed access.
- Our staff is continually trained and educated on the care of all of our patients. With Covid-19, additional training and education is being conducted
- We are making every effort to educate and inform the public on ways to remain healthy, including rigorous and frequent hand washing, through this website and our social media outlets. Please check back often for updates.
What to do if you are sick
- Stay at home unless you are in need of medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. Once you arrive, your provider’s team will take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed.
- Wear a mask when you are around other people or pets, and when going to a medical appointment.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, throw away the tissue and immediately wash your hands. Cough into your elbow if tissues and hand washing are not available.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Be sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Do not share household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with family members, friends or pets.
- Separate yourself from your family and animals. Stay in a specific room away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom if possible. Do not handle pets or other animals.
- Clean hard surfaces in your home, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables, daily with antibacterial/anti-germicidal solutions such as Clorox or Lysol.
- Monitor your symptoms and report to the emergency room if you have a fever of 103 or higher or if you have difficulty breathing. Be sure to call before seeking medical care to reduce exposure to others.
Download our Covid-19 FAQ for more information
What is COVID-19
Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
How is it spread?
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (about 6 feet) who have the virus.
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How you can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as Coronavirus?
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard in a trash.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you have any questions or concerns, call
- The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County at 386.274.0500
- or the COVID-19 call center available 24/7 at 866.779.6121.