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.

  • Limited Visitation  - DMH will be re-instituting temporary visitation restrictions 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):  Visitors accompanying patients receiving outpatient services should remain outside of the building or in their vehicle.

    • 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.  Visitors must bring and wear their own mask/face covering.  Each visit will be limited to 60 minutes or less.  Limited exceptions may be made on the number of visitors for special instances such as end of life situations.

     Note - Visitor restrictions will remain in effect for suspected and 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.   DO NOT delay receiving necessary care and medical attention out of fear of 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.

Additional information regarding COVID-19


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.

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