BayCare is taking the necessary precautions to safely serve its team members, physicians, patients and the community. For additional information, including links to our telemedicine platform BayCareAnywhere, please visit BayCare.org/Coronavirus.
Facility Closures and Changes
To best combat coronavirus, BayCare will reposition its team members and resources as needed. If our facilities or services are currently impacted, you will find specific details below.
BayCare Health System has paused all elective procedures in its hospitals in Hillsborough County due to a growing census in those facilities. Elective procedures are those that can be delayed without danger to the patient. Urgent and emergent procedures will continue. The hospitals impacted are: St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s and St. Joseph’s Women’s in Tampa; St. Joseph’s North in Lutz; St. Joseph’s South in Riverview; and South Florida Baptist in Plant City.
In Polk County, Winter Haven and Winter Haven Women’s hospitals and Bartow Medical Center have paused elective procedures that require an overnight stay in an inpatient bed.
Starting Aug. 9, BayCare is also pausing elective surgical procedures that require an overnight stay at most of its hospitals in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Hospitals impacted include: Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey.
For the latest, visit BayCareNewsroom.org.
BayCare Urgent Care provides a total care experience including X-rays, laboratories, EKGs and dispensing of certain medications. Some locations may have reduced hours or be temporarily closed. We recommend calling ahead to confirm before you arrive. Find your nearest BayCare Urgent Care.
Walk-in Care at Publix
BayCare Fitness Centers will re-open its doors Wednesday, May 20 in accordance with Governor Ron DeSantis’ announcement, allowing fitness centers to open at limited capacity across the Florida.
All four BayCare Fitness Centers will resume operation: Bloomingdale, Carillon, Cheek-Powell and Palm Harbor.
BayCare Medical Group
Physician Office Appointments
We are now offering safe and convenient telemedicine appointments based upon your medical history and specific needs. Learn more about our new telemedicine appointments here.
BayCare’s top priority is the health and safety of patients, physicians, and team members. To ensure everyone is protected, BMG has enhanced its standard safety processes and cleaning procedures based on safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some of those measures include:
- Appointment registration and check-in completed online, prior to the office visit with Phreesia
- Appropriate pre-screening/triaging of patients and team members based on CDC guidelines
- All doctors, staff and patients are required to wear masks while in the clinic
- Segregation of potential COVID-19 patients from other patients, as appropriate and based on reported symptoms
- Minimizing or eliminating the time in the waiting room
- Patients who screen for COVID-19 who are acutely ill with signs of respiratory distress are being sent directly to the Emergency Room
- Clinics are being cleaned throughout the day with medical-grade sanitizers and antibacterial agents
- Seating in our waiting areas will be limited and reoriented to accommodate for appropriate social distancing
- Hand sanitizer is readily available for patients and staff
- All clinics are offering contact-free payment
- Visitors and guests are being limited to the patient’s parent or one other person as needed; masks are required of visitors
- Team members who are symptomatic are not allowed to come to work
As of August 3, BayCare has tightened visitation rules at our 14 acute care hospitals to help protect patients, team members, physicians and the public. Patients will be allowed one adult visitor per day during the hours of 8am to 8pm. All visitors must wear masks, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, and are to limit their movements in the hospitals to travel to and from the patient’s room.
All other limitations on visitation at BayCare hospitals remain in effect due to BayCare's continued commitment to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of patients, visitors, team members and physicians:
- Only visitors 18 years or older, who pass COVID-19 screening, are allowed entry. All visitors must wear a mask during their entire visit.
- Inpatients will be allowed one visitor per day from 8am-8pm, except for the exceptions noted below.
- Extended hours and provisions are allowed for pediatric, neonatal intensive care, labor and delivery and mothers and newborns.
- No visitors will be allowed for Behavioral Health or COVID-19 patients.
- Patients arriving for surgeries and procedures (in facilities where elective surgeries are open) will be allowed a visitor during pre-operation and recovery times.
- Visitor capacity is limited in our emergency rooms. One visitor is allowed per patient, depending on capacity. If waiting areas become too crowded, visitors may be asked to wait outside until their patient is in a treatment room. Visitors aren't allowed to accompany COVID-19-positive patients or patients who are suspected of having COVID-19 until the patient is no longer in isolation/quarantine.
- Special circumstances can be approved by hospital leadership on a case-by-case basis, including reasonable accommodation for patients with disabilities or special needs and to comply with applicable laws.
Note: BayCare’s Madonna Ptak Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center in Belleair and Mitchell Rehabilitation Center in New Port Richey are NOT impacted by this change and will continue to offer visitation in compliance with the state’s emergency rules for long-term care facilities. BayCare Alliant Hospital in Dunedin will also continue its visitation schedule of 3pm-8pm.
Visitor capacity is limited in our emergency rooms. One visitor is allowed per patient, depending on capacity. If waiting areas become too crowded, visitors may be asked to wait outside until their patient is in a treatment room. Visitors aren't allowed to accompany COVID-19-positive patients or patients who are suspected of having COVID-19 until the patient is no longer in isolation/quarantine.
Below is a list of cancellations and events or services that have been postponed.
Classes and Events
St. Anthony's Triathlon
After postponing the 2020 event, the St. Anthony’s Triathlon is planning to have an in-person race October 1-3. Race officials are planning a safe and healthy atmosphere and will make adjustments depending on how the pandemic is impacting our community at that time as needed. For registration and additional information, visit SATriathlon.com.