Baptist reports two hospitalizations

From their afternoon update:

“We have two presumptive positive patients in our care at Gulf Breeze Hospital and one presumptive positive patient in our care at Baptist hospital. We are following all CDC protocols to ensure the safety of our patients and team members,” reported Baptist Health Care.

As Inweekly reported earlier, Baptist will open a second COVID-19 screening center this Friday, March 27 in south Santa Rosa County to evaluate people with respiratory illness and COVID-19 symptoms. The health care system didn’t provide the location.

“To better and more safely serve our community members, this Baptist Medical Group location is set up to provide a controlled environment that applies the social distancing guidelines that are encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said the announcement. “The center’s focus is to provide a more comprehensive treatment program by screening those who may have COVID-19 and treating people with Flu-A, Flu-B, pneumonia or other respiratory illnesses.”

All individuals with respiratory symptoms – such as cough, fever and shortness of breath – can call 850-434-4080 to determine if they need an appointment with the screening center. An appointment is required to visit this center. If they meet the criteria, an appointment will be scheduled for them. They will be given a phone number to call upon their arrival. Patients will be asked to remain in their vehicles, and a BMG team member will greet them and escort them to the clinic.

Baptist has also established limited entry points as well as updated visitor policies at all Baptist Medical Parks, Andrews Institute and Baptist Medical Group clinics. Signage will provide direction to the proper entrance, and each person entering the facility will be screened with questions and a temperature check in accordance with CDC guidelines. For more information: #COVID19