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Baptist Health updates visitation policy to enhance safety in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Northeast Florida

The health system will return to a reduced inpatient visitation policy effective 8am Friday, July 10.

Jacksonville, FL

To promote physical distancing, and minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, Baptist Health will return to a reduced visitation policy for inpatient units and inpatient surgery.

The following guidelines will be implemented:

Adult Inpatient Surgery

  • One designated visitor will be permitted to wait until surgery is complete to receive word from the care team. Visitors will not be permitted to enter the inpatient unit.

No adult inpatient visitation with very few exceptions:

  • Labor & Delivery: One designated visitor per day. One spouse/partner, one visitor or one doula per patient, per day; no combinations at this time.
  • Hospice: Two loved ones will be permitted.
  • End-of-life: Two loved ones will be permitted. Care teams will arrange visitation on a case-by-case basis.

“Our team is continually refining our processes to battle this pandemic,” said Brett McClung, FACHE, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “The decision to reduce visitation today is best for the health and safety of our community.”

There are no visitation changes for Wolfson Children’s Hospital at this time.

Safety remains a top priority for Baptist Health, and reducing the number of people within the health system is one of the many strategies implemented to ensure the community knows Baptist Health is a safe place for care. For other COVID-19 safety measures, visit

Baptist Health’s COVID-19 Information Hub is a comprehensive online resource for the latest COVID-19 visitation policies, safety protocols and more. It includes an online risk assessment tool, a nurse help line, COVID-19 testing information, a list of available clinical trials for COVID-19 patients and more.