COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

DeSoto Memorial Hospital (DMH) prides itself as being an integral part of our community.  DMH continues to work closely with public health officials at the local, state and national levels to help keep our staff, patients and community safe during this global pandemic.  We will continue to monitor the latest developments and update our procedures and policies as necessary.  Some of our most recent changes include the following:

  • Screenings for All -

    • Temperature Checks at Entrance - Staff, patients and visitors alike are screened before entering the hospital.

    • Surgical Screening - Before surgery, detailed pre-operative evaluations are in place to include COVID-19 testing.


  • Masks for All - Protective masks/face coverings are required for all staff, patients and visitors.

The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) recommends using cloth masks/face coverings in public places, especially where physical distancing (6 feet or more) may not be possible at all times.  Face masks/coverings are not recommended for children under 2 years of age.

  • Limited Visitation - DMH will begin easing visitor restrictions on Monday, Sept. 14th as follows:

    • Emergency Department & Outpatient Surgery:  Each patient may have one visitor accompany them during their stay.   Visitors are discouraged from leaving and re-entering the building.

    • Outpatient Services (Radiology, Lab, IV Therapy, Cardiac Rehab, Pre-Op appointments, etc):  Each patient may have one visitor accompany them during their stay.   Visitors are discouraged from leaving and re-entering the building.

    • Inpatient (ICU, Med Surg): Non COVID-19 related patients who are admitted will be allowed one visitor between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.  Limited exceptions may be made on the number of visitors for special instances such as end of life situations.

    • Cafeteria: Patients and visitors of patients may use the cafeteria for "to go" orders only (no dine in at this time).
      The general public may request "to go" orders by calling (863) 491-1503, pick up and payment instructions will be discussed at the time the order is placed over the phone. 

     Note - Visitor restrictions will remain in effect for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.

DeSoto Memorial Hospital is your community hospital and your safety is our top priority.  These temporary proactive measures are implemented as our ongoing effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health of our patients, staff, and community.  


When every minute counts...

Delaying care during a medical emergency can put your life at risk.  Our safety protocols are designed to ensure you can seek emergency treatment confidently.  We are taking extraordinary measures to ensure our facility is safe at all times.  Do not delay receiving necessary care and medical attention out of fear of contracting COVID-19.  DMH is equipped to address all of your healthcare needs.  Fear of contracting the Coronavirus from hospitals is leading to more severe, avoidable illnesses Nationwide.

Sudden symptoms that may indicate a medical emergency include, but are not limited to:

  • Chest pain, shortness of breath and other heart attack warning signs

  • Facial drooping, arm weakness, difficulty with speech and other stroke symptoms

  • Accidents resulting in injuries, burns or possible broken bones

  • Sudden or severe headaches

  • Abdominal pain that comes on suddenly or is severe or persistent

  • And many more...


The symptoms above are not a complete, specific listing, but rather guidelines.  If a potential medical emergency arises and you are not certain on what to do, head to the emergency room for an evaluation or call 911.

Additional information regarding COVID-19

As required by the CARES Act:  (42 U.S.C. 247d), each provider of a diagnostic test

for COVID-19 shall make public the cash price for such test...

DMH offers two tests with appropriate physician orders:

COVID-19 swab - $100 cash price

 COVID-19 antibody test - $30 cash price


Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline

24/7 State Hotline: (866) 779-6121


For more information, please call the DeSoto County Health Department at:

(863) 491-7580

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation,

we hope this information may be of use to help keep our community informed.

Informational links that may be useful to you

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