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

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

AdventHealth is shifting from green to yellow status. All seven Central Florida hospital locations will add additional visitor restrictions, limit elective inpatient cases, and require masks hospital-wide, the system announced Thursday on a Facebook livestream. AdventHealth is deliberating whether to require its team members to get vaccinated, but it has not made a decision, nor does it have a timeline on when that decision will be available. The status change comes after the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients at AdventHealth hospitals more than doubled in the last two weeks, from 310 on July 8 to 720 on Thursday, said Dr. Neil Finkler, chief clinical officer for AdventHealth’s Central Florida division. “The rate of [the] rise is somewhat concerning. We are now seeing about the fastest rate of increase that we have seen during the course of this entire pandemic,” Finkler said. 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 it is “proactively” moving to yellow status given the potential …
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