COVID-19 and its variants continue to impact communities across our country and the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all Americans age 5 and older, with few exceptions, be vaccinated against the virus. Read the CDC's latest guidance.
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is NOT a community vaccination site. Please refer to your local health authority or pharmacy for information on community vaccination sites.
Latest COVID-19 Information
The safety of our patients and staff has always been and remains our top priority. Since the beginning of the pandemic we have implemented extraordinary measures and additional protocols, including mandatory masking in our facilities, to help ensure a safe and clean environment for our patients, physicians, staff and community. We continue to actively monitor and respond to all recommendations made by the CDC and our local health agencies.
Thank you for entrusting your care to us. When you or your loved ones need services, know that we are here … safe, trusted and ready to deliver a superior healthcare experience.
Emergency Department – Do Not Delay in Seeking Critical Care
Our Emergency Department is staffed 24/7 to serve those with emergency medical conditions. Individuals experiencing serious injuries or medical symptoms such as chest pain, numbness, difficulty breathing, or mental confusion should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department. It could save your life.
Patients are screened for the need for isolation and when indicated, curtains and doors are kept closed, staff utilize appropriate precautions with personal protective equipment and patients are separated based on symptoms.
For your convenience and safety, virtual visits via telehealth technology are available to address many non-emergency health concerns. Virtual visits allow you to speak with a healthcare provider using a phone, tablet or computer from the comfort of your own home.
VISITATION – Be an Advocate for Your Loved One’s Care
The following is in effect as of Monday, November 15, 2021, until further notice:
Visitation to our hospital Inpatient Nursing Units is allowed from Noon – 6 pm each day. Patients are allowed one visitor at a time that can be switched out. Visitors to the Inpatient Units must enter through the main entrance of the hospital. No visitation is allowed for patients on COVID isolation.
All patients and visitors who enter the hospital must use antibacterial foam, wear a mask upon entry and keep the mask on at all times while at the hospital.
Visitors are required to stay in the specific room assigned to the patient and are not allowed around the nurse’s station and nursing unit corridors. Please use nurse call in the room to speak to a nurse.
Additional visitation information for other patient care areas includes:
- Emergency Department – Limit of one visitor at a time may accompany a patient in the ER and stay in the specific room as the patient's condition permits. If a patient goes to a nursing unit, the visitor will wait until visiting hours begin to see the patient.
- Surgical/procedural areas – Limit of one visitor may accompany the patient for admitting until the patient is taken to the pre-surgical/pre-procedural areas. The visitor may then wait in the surgery waiting room. If the procedure is completed outside of visiting hours, the visitor will wait until visiting hours begin to see the patient.
- Labor and Delivery – Two visitors at a time are permitted. This includes the Doula. Two visitors may switch out during the course of the patient's stay. Siblings may visit. A white visitor band must be provided to the visitor prior to entering the room and before all educational and support classes will resume.
- GYN/Medical – One visitor at a time is permitted between the hours of Noon – 6 pm.
Thank you for your cooperation and for being an advocate for the health and care of your loved ones and all hospitalized patients.
Individuals Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms
If you develop a fever or cough or have difficulty breathing, or have had close contact with someone who has had a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, please seek medical attention by calling your provider’s office or an Urgent Care Center.
If you need help deciding if you should seek medical care, access the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker on the CDC COVID-19 Symptoms page by clicking on the Coronavirus Self-Checker button at the top of the page.
If you have not yet been vaccinated, the CDC recommends individuals follow these everyday preventive measures.
- Wear a mask. If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
- Stay six feet away from others.
- Get vaccinated. Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Wash your hands often.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
- Monitor your daily health and watch for symptoms.
- World Health Organization →
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) →
- CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker →
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