Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Helpful Information

Broward Health is committed to the health and wellness of the community. We are closely monitoring coronavirus disease developments. Our goal is to ensure the safety of all patients and visitors.

Click here to read more in-depth how we are supporting the community

Click here to read an update on elective surgeries.

FAQS: MOST COMMON | BROWARD HEALTH SERVICES | PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

Important Numbers: Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Caller Center: 866-779-6121

If you’ve been tested for Covid-19 at the Broward Health mobile site on Sample road, please call 954.759.7500 for your result. Our caregivers are standing by.

Visitor Information:

As our community reopens and we accommodate more elective procedures, the safety of our patients, employees and guests remains our top priority. Effective immediately, our visitation policy is revised with enhancements designed to protect our caregivers and the community we serve:

  • Patients may have one visitor at a time between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Each visit is limited to one hour each.
  • COVID-19 positive patients may not have in-person visitors, and they are encouraged to use video technology to safely enjoy virtual visits with loved ones.
  • As always, all guests will be greeted and registered at the security desk prior to visiting any patients. In addition, they will be asked our standard screening questions and have their temperatures taken.
  • After screening, visitors will be instructed to proceed directly to their unit destination to prevent wandering. They will be reminded to perform hand hygiene when they arrive at their destination and frequently during their visit.
  • Visitors should bring a face covering from home and wear it all times at any Broward Health facility. Visitors who arrive without a face covering will be provided a face mask. They will also be instructed that if they must touch or adjust their face covering, they should perform hand hygiene immediately before and after.
  • In adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, visitors will be asked to practice social distancing of six feet away from others in addition to wearing a mask.
  • We are asking visitors who are experiencing cold or flu symptoms to defer their visits.
  • The current exceptions for pediatric, maternity and end of life patients will remain the same.
  • Cafeterias remain closed to our guests. 

Valet service has also been suspended at this time.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we strive to maintain a safe environment.

If you suspect you have been exposed, please immediately contact Florida Department of Health, 866-779-6121. You’ll be directed on what to do next.  Please refrain from visiting patients at Broward Health if you have any cold or flu symptoms – even if they’re mild.

Should you need to be tested for COVID-19 and require a prescription, you can now be screened via the BHealthy Now telehealth app. For your safety and well-being, you can stay home and conduct a virtual visit with a board-certified physician specially trained in telehealth. Learn more here.

We encourage all community members to follow Centers for Disease and Control Prevention protocols. These include, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and using a tissue or the upper sleeve of your shirt to contain a sneeze or cough.

To learn more about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's comprehensive guide.

For CDC pregnancy & breastfeeding Information about COVID-19, click here.

Your cooperation is vital to the ongoing public health response to try and slow the spread of the virus. Thank you.

Update on Elective Surgery

Broward Health has resumed scheduling patients for priority medical and surgical procedures. These are elective procedures that were previously postponed due to COVID-19 and will follow CDC and state guidelines.

The system is working closely with medical providers to reschedule postponed procedures and ensure the community has access to the medical care they so desperately need. Physicians will use guidelines from the American College of Surgeons to determine if patients qualify based on their individual needs.

Broward Health has the bed capacity to segment COVID-19 patients and has secured personal protective equipment to help ensure the safety of patients and caregivers. Safety precautions will remain in place at Broward Health hospitals inclusive of:

Ten Things You Should Know Prior to Your Procedure at Broward Health:

1. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are adhering to Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

2. Broward Health is following best practice guidelines to ensure safety. We have implemented extensive sterilization and cleaning protocols and other measures to protect our patients.

3. Patients undergoing priority elective inpatient or same day surgeries will undergo rapid COVID-19 testing prior to their procedure. The results are available immediately.

4. All COVID-19 patients are housed in a dedicated area to help ensure there is no contact with our non-COVID patients. For the entire duration of the visit, non-COVID patients will be in units that are completely separate from where we care for COVID-19 patients.

5. See new visitor policy at the top of the page. Maternity patients will be allowed one support person for the duration of the delivery, pediatric patients can have one visitor, and special consideration will be provided to end-of-life patients. The patient’s supportive adult will be telephoned and provided updates after the procedure.

6. Valet service has been suspended as an additional safety measure. We ask that patients please arrive early and self park.

7. Patients arriving for their appointments will be asked to wear a mask from home. Patients who don’t have a mask should arrive with a mouth and nose covering and will be provided a mask.

8. Anyone entering a Broward Health entity will be asked COVID-19 screening questions and will be requested to take a temperature check with a no-contact forehead thermometer. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or more who is not seeking medical care may be redirected. This is a standard safety procedure for all patients and employees that we conduct every time someone enters one of our locations.

9. All healthcare workers in Broward Health facilities will be wearing masks regardless of their role within the facility as an enhanced safety measure. Our screening measures and dedicated Employee Health Department ensure all staff are healthy.

10. Registration and waiting areas may be redesigned to reflect social distancing standards.
 

Broward Health launched various telemedicine initiatives earlier this month to ensure continuity of care and greater access for the community. Due to innovative technology, patients and community members now have access to:

  • BHealthy Now App offering virtual COVID-19 visits.
  • 24/7 Nurse Connect service offering telephonic access to nurses.
  • Telemedicine technology for inpatient medical visits.
  • iPads and virtual platforms to keep hospital patients connected to loved ones.

Broward Health is committed to providing high-quality care to all those we serve. To speak with a registered nurse, call our Nurse Connect line at 954-320-5730. For the latest updates on COVID-19 and Broward Health, visit Browardhealth.org.

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE CAN I BE TESTED FOR COVID-19?

 

 

To help ensure the health and wellness of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Broward Health is extending mobile, drive-through testing for our community*. We are dedicated to caring for you and safeguarding our community. Please see instructions below.

To meet criteria, individuals must be:

  • Prescreened and meet CDC and DOH testing guidelines
  • Prequalified with a prescription (If you need a prescription, download the BHealthy Now app for a Telehealth visit) or call 954.320.5730 to speak with a nurse for free through Nurse Connect. 
  • Preregistered through our call center

Things you must bring:

  • Proper ID required inclusive of name, date of birth, and photo
    (can be ONE of the following):
    - FL Drivers License
    - State-issued ID
    - Passport
  • Patient confirmation number from our call center

By appointment only. To register, call 954.320.5730 from 8am-4:30pm to receive further instruction.
WALK UPS NOT ALLOWED

Location:
Broward College - North Campus
1000 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066
(Parking lot behind OMNI auditorium)

*While supplies last. Results are NOT immediate

If you are suffering from shortness of breath and need immediate assistance, please dial 911 or visit your local Emergency Department.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MY TEST RESULTS?

If you’ve been tested for COVID-19 at the Broward Health mobile site on Sample road, please call 954.759.7500 for your result. Our caregivers are standing by.

HOW TO DONATE BLOOD PLASMA

Potential donors and medical professionals should go to oneblood.org/covid19 to learn more and pre-register. Questions should be directed to 888-9Donate, (888-936-6283) and select option 9.

WHO IS AT HIGHER RISK?

Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness.

AS AN EXPECTANT MOTHER, AM I AT A GREATER RISK?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently doesn’t know if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result.It is always important for pregnant women to protect themselves from illnesses. To learn more about CDC’s guidance for breastfeeding mothers and expectant women, visit: CDC site here.

I’M NOT FEELING WELL. SHOULD I GO TO AN URGENT CARE CENTER OR THE EMERGENCY ROOM?

Prior to visiting hospitals, ambulatory/urgent care centers or doctors’ offices, individuals with COVID-19 symptoms, which include shortness of breath, dry cough and fever, should call their primary care physician or the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at (866) 779-6121. Your doctor or the Department of Health can advise whether you should be tested and then, if necessary, coordinate with first responders and hospitals to have you screened. This process is in place to protect patients, caregivers and the community.

For your safety and well-being, you can stay home and conduct a virtual telehealth COVID-19 screening visit with a board-certified physician specially trained in telehealth.

This service is designed to offer greater access to care while preventing unnecessary exposure to germs and the potential spread of illness. Download the app here

WHAT IS BROWARD HEALTH DOING TO PROTECT PATIENTS, CAREGIVERS AND THE COMMUNITY?

For your protection and the safety of our patients, we are screening all visitors prior to entering our hospitals.We are also limiting entrances and have suspended visitations. We continue to follow evidence-based guidance from the CDC and Department of Health. Our caregivers are following safety protocols and participating in ongoing training to ensure our patients are provided the highest quality care.

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you have any of these symptoms, please immediately contact Florida Department of Health, 866-779-6121. You’ll be directed on what to do next. 

 

Broward Health Services

WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND A BROWARD HEALTH CLASS, LECTURE OR EVENT?

For the well-being of all, Broward Healthy events, lectures and classes have been suspended until further notice. This includes use of the Wellness Center.

WILL MY ELECTIVE SURGERY BE CANCELED?

Broward Health plans to resume scheduling patients for priority medical and surgical procedures on Monday May 4th. These are elective procedures that were previously postponed due to COVID-19 and will follow CDC and state guidelines.

The system is working closely with medical providers to reschedule postponed procedures and ensure the community has access to the medical care they so desperately need. Physicians will use guidelines from the American College of Surgeons to determine if patients qualify based on their individual needs.

Broward Health has the bed capacity to segment COVID-19 patients and has secured personal protective equipment to help ensure the safety of patients and caregivers. Safety precautions will remain in place at Broward Health hospitals inclusive of:

Ten Things You Should Know Prior to Your Procedure at Broward Health:

1. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are adhering to Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. 

2. Broward Health is following best practice guidelines to ensure safety. We have implemented extensive sterilization and cleaning protocols and other measures to protect our patients.

3. Patients undergoing priority elective inpatient or same day surgeries will undergo rapid COVID-19 testing prior to their procedure. The results are available immediately.

4. All COVID-19 patients are housed in a dedicated area to help ensure there is no contact with our non-COVID patients. For the entire duration of the visit, non-COVID patients will be in units that are completely separate from where we care for COVID-19 patients.

5. Visitation continues to be suspended. Maternity patients will be allowed one support person for the duration of the delivery, pediatric patients can have one visitor, and special consideration will be provided to end-of-life patients. The patient’s supportive adult will be telephoned and provided updates after the procedure.

6. Valet service has been suspended as an additional safety measure. We ask that patients please arrive early and self park. 

7. Patients arriving for their appointments will be asked to wear a mask from home. Patients who don’t have a mask should arrive with a mouth and nose covering and will be provided a mask. 

8. Anyone entering a Broward Health entity will be asked COVID-19 screening questions and will be requested to take a temperature check with a no-contact forehead thermometer. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or more who is not seeking medical care may be redirected. This is a standard safety procedure for all patients and employees that we conduct every time someone enters one of our locations.

9. All healthcare workers in Broward Health facilities will be wearing masks regardless of their role within the facility as an enhanced safety measure. Our screening measures and dedicated Employee Health Department ensure all staff are healthy.

10. Registration and waiting areas may be redesigned to reflect social distancing standards.

Broward Health launched various telemedicine initiatives earlier this month to ensure continuity of care and greater access for the community. Due to innovative technology, patients and community members now have access to:

  • BHealthy Now App offering virtual COVID-19 visits.
  • 24/7 Nurse Connect service offering telephonic access to nurses.
  • Telemedicine technology for inpatient medical visits.
  • iPads and virtual platforms to keep hospital patients connected to loved ones.

Broward Health is committed to providing high-quality care to all those we serve. To speak with a registered nurse, call our Nurse Connect line at 954-320-5730. For the latest updates on COVID-19 and Broward Health, visit Browardhealth.org.

WILL MY SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT AT BROWARD HEALTH BE CANCELED?

To confirm the status of an appointment, please call Broward Health Scheduling at (954) 759-7500.

WILL I BE ABLE TO VALET PARK?

At this time, valet services have been suspended.

Preventative Measures

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY?

Now is the perfect time to improve your immune system in order to fight off infections, such as COVID-19. Our medical professionals recommend getting healthier. You can exercise, manage your cholesterol and blood pressure, and eat more fruits and vegetables. 

Beyond the traditional hand hygiene, which is incredibly important, lifestyle changes that all of us could make at this point is to get healthier according to Joshua Lenchus, D.O., chief medical officer at Broward Health Medical Center.

 

 

WHY AM I BEING ASKED A SERIES OF SCREENING QUESTIONS BEFORE ENTERING BROWARD HEALTH?

Broward Health is committed to the health and wellness of our community. This added safety measure is to safeguard our patients, visitors and to protect our caregivers from the spread of COVID-19.

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at here.

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  •  Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.

HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF?

We encourage all community members to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols. These include, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and using a tissue or the upper sleeve of your shirt to contain a sneeze or cough. The CDC also recommends individuals practice social distancing and avoid close contact with people who may be sick. You are also advised per federal and state officials to not participate in any group encounters with more than 10 people.

There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
These include:

Touching faceclose contactWashing your hands   

IF YOU ARE SICK, TO KEEP FROM SPREADING RESPIRATORY ILLNESS TO OTHERS, YOU SHOULD

Staying home Cover your cough clean surfaces

Stay home except to get medical care

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.

  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.

  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home

  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.


  • Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.


  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.

 

 

WHERE CAN I READ UPDATES AND DEVELOPMENTS ABOUT COVID-19?

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

If you have a fever, a cough or shortness of breath, please immediately contact Florida Department of Health, 866-779-6121. You’ll be directed on what to do next.