AdventHealth limits visitors, enacts other restrictions amid fastest increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations of pandemic

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AdventHealth is shifting to yellow status. This means it will limit visitors, defer scheduling new elective cases that require inpatient admission, and require masks hospital-wide, the system announced Thursday on a Facebook livestream.

This change comes after perhaps the fastest increase in hospitalizations over the entire pandemic, said Neil Finkler, chief clinical officer for AdventHealth’s seven county Central Florida division. There are currently about 720 people hospitalized, compared to January’s peak of about 900.

The color shift reflects staffing and resource capabilities. At green, the hospital was operating at business as usual. The hospital had been green for the last few months, but they are “proactively” moving to yellow status given the potential for capacity constraints in the future.

Visitor restrictions include a limit of two visitors at a time for people who do not have Covid-19, one visitor a day for people with Covid-19, and Covid-19 positive patients under 18 will be allowed two adult caregivers per day, Finkler said.

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