COVID Vaccine Information
Monoclonal Antibody (MAB) Therapy
Southwest Florida has two Monoclonal Antibody (MAB) Therapy clinics located in Bonita Springs and Immokalee. These sites along with others across the state are sponsored by the Florida Department of Health and are open to anyone in the community seven days a week from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Appointments are required.
The state-sponsored MAB clinics are self-referral and do not require a physician order. They serve both adults and pediatrics 12 years and older who have already tested positive or have a known exposure and are at risk for severe disease progression.
Testing is not available at these sites. Those with known or suspected exposure to COVID should seek MAB therapy as soon as possible in an attempt to avoid hospitalization.
Daily COVID Hospitalizations Graphs
Protect Yourself from COVID
COVID continues to spread and variants are circulating. Take steps to protect yourself from the virus:
- Get a COVID vaccine.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
- Stay six (6) feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
NCH COVID Hospital Visitation Policy
(effective Thursday, October 7, 2021)
As the number of COVID hospitalizations continue to decrease at NCH, we will once again be allowing the family members and loved ones of our patients to visit at either of our two hospitals from the hours of 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. daily in our general care and critical care areas.
We are allowing two (2) visitors per patient in general care areas and one (1) visitor per patient in critical care.
Virtual visitation is still preferred for our COVID units, but exceptions for COVID patient visitation will be made on a case by case basis.
Visitors are required to wear a hospital supplied face mask for the entire time on campus and during patient visitation. Visitors are encouraged to limit their visit to the patient’s room and refrain from stopping in other departments. The cafeteria is available to visitors in need of a meal or snack where dining restrictions will apply.
NCH BirthPlace Visitation Policy
We understand the importance of visitors during childbirth. For everyone’s safety, we are allowing access to two (2) support persons during the expectant mother’s hospital stay.
Those visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, travel history and potential exposures and their temperature will be taken. The visitors will be issued an armband on arrival and cannot be switched out with a different person. Only one support person may stay overnight after the baby is born and in the postpartum unit.
At this time, we are testing all moms upon admission to the BirthPlace. For scheduled c-sections, we will test both mom and the support person that will be accompanying her into the OR during the week prior to her c-section.
NCH has partnered with AmericanWell (Amwell) to provide virtual care services to the community. Those who would like to check in with a provider any time of the day or night are able to log on to a visit. Providers will escalate the virtual care to one of our immediate care locations if additional services are needed.
Virtual care is able to help with ailments such as:
- Back strains
- Cold sores
- Common cold
- Influenza (flu)
- Minor burns
- Sinus infections
- Stomach flu
- Upper respiratory illness
- Yeast infections
The AmericanWell providers can also screen patients for symptoms of COVID and will refer those who may need testing for this virus to NCH immediate care. Patients who need immediate care services are able to gain access to care seven days per week and are encouraged to save their place in line, avoiding long waits in our lobby areas, through our “wait at home” queue.
NCH Physician Group has contracted with SecureVideo to extend virtual provider visit invitations.
These telemedicine visits are documented in Cerner and are considered the same as an office visit during the COVID emergency. In an effort to continue to care for our patients and acknowledging efforts to social distance, providers are evaluating the needs of the patient to have as much care as possible completed remotely.
CORONAVIRUS Video RESOURCES
Creole and Spanish Versions
Limited General Visiting Hour Guidelines
(effective Thursday, September 23, 2021)
As the number of COVID hospitalizations continue to decrease at NCH, we will once again be allowing limited visitation by the family members and loved ones of our patients at any of the restricted times shown below for the following areas:
- General units: 12:00—6:00 p.m., one (1) visitor per patient at a time
- COVID units: virtual visitation only, except for compassionate care
- Critical care: 12:00—1:00 p.m. and 5:00—6:00 p.m., one (1) visitor per patient at a time
- Emergency department: virtual visitation only, except for parents of minors
- Brookdale rehabilitation: 12:00—6:00 p.m.
- Behavioral health unit (4SE): 5:00—6:00 p.m.
- Birthplace and NICU: all hours: one (1) visitor at a time, 18-years or older
- Pediatrics: all hours: one (1) visitor at a time, 18-years or older
Visitors are required to wear a hospital supplied face mask for the entire time on campus and during patient visitation. Loved ones are encouraged to limit their visit to the patient’s room and refrain from stopping in other departments.
Common gathering rooms, such as family waiting rooms, remain closed. The cafeteria is available to visitors in need of a meal or snack where dining restrictions will apply.
- Upon arrival to the hospital lobby, all visitors must practice social distancing tothe extent possible and complete a screening process
- General visiting is limited to one visitor, age 12 and over, per patient at a time (except pediatrics).
- Visiting for patients in isolation will be determined by clinical staff, on a case by case basis.
- Visitors are required to wear a hospital supplied face mask for the entire time on campus, and during patient visitation.
- Visitors will perform hand hygiene on entry to the hospital and upon entry to the patients’ room.
- Visitors should go directly to the unit/department and report to the registration/nursing station on arrival.
- Visitors are encouraged to limit visitation to the patient’s room and refrain from stopping in other departments. Common gathering rooms such as family rooms are not available. The cafeteria is available to visitors in need of nourishment. Dining restrictions will apply.
- Upon exiting the patient room, visitors will wash/sanitize hands again.
- Patients are encouraged to wear a face mask during visitation (if tolerated).
- Visitors who violate visitation guidelines may be asked to leave the facility.
There have been many questions surrounding bed capacity at NCH and we want to assure the community that our hospitals are prepared in that regard.
Under normal, typical operations, NCH has 715 total beds available with 48 of those being designated as critical care beds. However, in the event that NCH had to enact its emergency COVID surge plans, we have the capability of expanding to 1,000 total adult beds with 143 of those being designated as critical care.
It is important to continue to be diligent with wearing a mask. We have seen the results at our healthcare system when we follow the proper process and continue to social distance, wear our PPE and wash our hands. Please encourage your fellow community members to follow these practices and continue to be diligent to help avoid the spread of this virus.
Community members can call their primary care physician to schedule COVID testing or call the Florida Department of Health in Collier County at 239-252-6220. Their hours are seven days a week from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where Can I Request My Vaccination Record?
Your vaccination record (sometimes called your immunization record) provides a history of all the vaccines you received as a child and adult. To request your vaccination record, please fill out this form found here.
In that form, you can chose your method of disclosure either via fax or email.
If you are looking for your COVID-19 vaccination record, please allow at least two to three weeks after the administration date for your record to be in the system.
Coronavirus Florida Department of Health Hotline
NCH will report COVID statistics each Tuesday.