Cleveland Clinic is anticipating shifting its visitation status from level orange to level red amid the summer resurgence of coronavirus and its widely-spreading variants.
All hospital locations on the Treasure Coast have visitor restrictions now in place, including a hospital-wide mask mandate, and are discussing additional restrictions, the President of Cleveland Clinic Martin Health confirmed with CBS12 News Tuesday morning.
The hospital system is also deliberating whether to require its staff members to get vaccinated.
This as, 57 groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association, issued a joint statement calling for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all health care workers.
Cleveland Clinic released this statement about such vaccine mandate:
“At this time, we are focusing on encouraging our caregivers to receive the vaccine, providing education and making vaccination as accessible as possible. As the pandemic evolves, we will continue to monitor the situation.”
Florida is one of the 32 states to see an average number of new cases over the last seven days increase by more than 50 percent from the week before, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The people who end up in the hospital with severe COVID-19 are almost all unvaccinated.
At St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie and Lawnwood Trauma Center in Fort Pierce, the visitation policy has changed to one visitor per patient and facial masks are required throughout the hospital.
At Palms West Hospital, heightened infection prevention policies are also in place, including the removal of high-touch items such as magazines, toys and vending machines from the facilities. Food and drinks are prohibited in clinical units to prevent the spread of illness. Updated visitor policies remain in place across our facilities.
The Palm Beach Health Network will allow one visitor for patients who are admitted to the hospitals, including Emergency Room admissions, surgical and direct admissions, OB/maternity patients and children.
For safety reasons, visitor restrictions will continue for:
- Covid positive patients or those suspected of having Covid
- Hospital rooms that are not private, such as semi-private rooms (with more than one patient) and open wards
- Behavioral health patients
- Other situations as determined by physician, clinical team or Administration
Hospital-specific guidelines may include limited visitation for certain departments such as rehabilitation and critical care.