Last updated  March 18. 2020

Capital Regional Medical Center has well-established protocols in place to care for patients with infectious diseases, and we have been working diligently to prepare for any potential impacts of COVID-19.

Today, March 18, 2020, CRMC was notified by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) that two patients who visited a Capital Regional free-standing emergency room tested positive for COVID-19. Upon the patients presenting at the ER with symptoms, we immediately activated protocols for handling potential COVID-19 cases, including isolating the patients and following precautions to ensure the safety of our other patients, colleagues and visitors.

Today, March 18, 2020, CRMC was notified by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) that two patients who visited a Capital Regional free-standing emergency room tested positive for COVID-19. Upon the patients presenting at the ER with symptoms, we immediately activated protocols for handling potential COVID-19 cases, including isolating the patients and following precautions to ensure the safety of our other patients, colleagues and visitors.

Although the hospital is currently treating a COVID-19 positive patient, the hospital remains fully operational and the enhanced precautionary measures implemented earlier this month continue to be in place. We are working closely with the CDC and the health department, notifying individuals who may have been in contact with the patient, and requiring certain colleagues to self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms.

In addition, as we often do during heavy influenza outbreaks, visitor restrictions were instituted as part of the enhanced precautionary measures put in place earlier this month. Visitors and patients are being directed to use specific entrances to allow for screening. We have positioned supplies at points of entry, so that any potential symptomatic patient who arrives can be properly masked and immediately isolated to protect our colleagues and other patients.

We will provide updates to our hospital and medical staff, and will continue to reinforce infection prevention protocols and share the latest guidance from the CDC.