CORONAVIRUS: Boca Raton Regional, Bethesda Hospitals Preparing For Worst Case Scenario

Coronavirus News

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Baptist Health) — Baptist Health, which now oversees Boca Raton Regional Hospital as well as Bethesda East and West in Boynton, is in the process of setting up tents outside its facilities as part of its preparation for Coronavirus care needs.

At this point, keep in mind that representatives are speaking for ALL hospitals in the Baptist system, not just Boca Raton Regional Hospital or Bethesda. Spokespeople are walking a very fine line as to what specifics they can provide and must be kept generic.

Message from Baptist Health:

Like many health care systems, Baptist Health is seeing an increase in the number of cases that meet the Florida Department of Health’s criteria for testing for COVID-19. We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance in caring for these patients. Some patients are able to self-quarantine, and others may need additional care, according to their condition. Due to patient privacy laws, we are unable to comment on any specific case(s). 

Testing:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance today regarding testing. The CDC sets forth criteria for when patients should be tested. Under today’s new guidance, when a patient meets that criteria for testing, physicians may collect the specimen and send it to either the Florida Department of Health or a private lab for testing.  We follow the CDC’s screening criteria and only test patients when it is clinically appropriate to do so.

It is important to note, we are not accepting prescriptions for testing. Baptist Health urgent care locations and emergency departments will be performing a medical screening to determine if you meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing.

The use of tents:

We have set up tents at some of our locations as part of our preparations. They will be used for screening or triage as needed. They are not currently testing sites.

Baptist Health Care On Demand:

Baptist Health Care On Demand is offering FREE telehealth visits, 24/7. Providers are ready to answer questions and follow CDC protocols to screen for COVID-19. The community can download Baptist Health Care On Demand at Go.BaptistHealthCareOnDemand.net or in the app store from their smart phones. 

Visitor Hours:

For the health and safety of our patients, families and employees, visiting hours are limited at all our hospitals. Visitor hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; one visitor per patient; visitors must be 18 or older.

Baptist Health Primary Care:

Baptist Health Primary Care offices are seeing patients by appointment only. Please call 786-596-2464 to make an appointment.

Baptist Health Urgent Care Locations:

Baptist Health Urgent Care and Urgent Care Express locations are open. Go to BaptistHealth.net/UrgentCare for our hours of operation and to save your spot.

Educational Programs:

Following the CDC guidelines of social distancing to promote infection prevention, Baptist Health is postponing all in -person educational programs, exercise classes, run clubs, support groups and community health screenings until further notice.

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