COVID Vaccine Information
Tracking the Delta Variant
Viruses constantly change through mutation. When a virus has one or more new mutations, it’s called a variant of the original virus.
The Delta variant, first seen in India in December 2020, is now the most common COVID variant in the United States. Research has shown that it spreads more easily than other variants and in indoor sports settings and households.
This variant also might reduce the effectiveness of some monoclonal antibody treatments and the antibodies generated by a COVID vaccine. To read more about the COVID variants and how scientists are monitoring them click the button below.
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
Limited General Visiting Hour Guidelines
- General units and critical care: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. – one visitor
- Emergency department: All hours- one visitor, family unit with minors
- Brookdale rehabilitation: 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
- Behavioral health (4SE): 1-2 p.m. and 6-6:45 p.m.
- Birthplace and NICU: All hours – one visitor at a time, 18 years+
- Pediatrics: All hours – parents/guardians, 18 years+
- 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.
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
Find a Vaccine Locator
Coronavirus Florida Department of Health Hotline
Weekly COVID Update
As COVID infection rates continue to improve, NCH will be following the state in only reporting statistics on a weekly basis. Those statistics will be available each Friday.