COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Vaccines for COVID-19

DeSoto Memorial Hospital is honored to be among some of the first hospitals in the State to receive an allocation of the newly FDA authorized Moderna vaccine.  Because vaccine supplies are limited, the federal and state governments have developed recommendations for a phased roll out. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Vaccine Hotline - (863) 491-4369

Phone line open to voicemail 24/7

Please leave a message that includes name(s), date(s) of birth and phone number.

Please note, when the vaccination hotline goes to voicemail there is not a staff member available to take your request over the phone.  Please do not call the main line for vaccination requests as they will be handling other urgent calls.  

DMH will be providing vaccinations as directed by the State under their phased vaccination plan as follows:

Ages 40 and up beginning the week of 3/29

Ages 18 and up beginning the week of 4/5

Due to limited supplies provided by the State, DMH will make every effort to accommodate those individuals seeking vaccination.





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.

  • Visitor Restrictions - Effective Monday, March 8th DMH will begin easing visitor restrictions (for persons 18 years of age or older) to allow the following:

    • Outpatient Services (Radiology, Lab, IV Therapy, Cardiac Rehab, Pre-Op appointments, etc):  Any patient seeking outpatient services may have 1 support person.  The support person must remain in the designated waiting area.

    • Inpatient

      • ICU patients may have 1 visitor per day for a 30-minute visit between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

      • Med-Surg patients may have 1 visitor per day for a 1-hour visit between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. 
        Visitors are NOT permitted for patients with confirmed or suspected CCOVID-19.  Limited exceptions may be made in certain extraordinary circumstances, such as end-of-life situations.

    • Cafeteria: 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. 

  • Emergency Department & Outpatient Surgery:  Each patient may have one support person accompany them during their stay in the ED.   Visitors may not "trade places" with another person or leave and re-enter the building.

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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