COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 Vaccination Information


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 when permitted).

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, November 29th DMH is easing visitor restrictions.  Dependents under the age of 18 may visit by request only and during visiting hours (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

    • Patients seen in the Emergency Department may have one support person at bedside, no leaving and re-entering unless approved by staff.  Pediatric patients may have two visitors.

    • Inpatients, not suspected or confirmed of covid-19, patients may have two visitors a day, screened & masked.​

    • Surgical Services, patients may have one visitor, screened & masked.

    • Outpatient services (Diagnostic Imaging, Lab & Clinics) patients may have one visitor, screened & masked.


For more information on our Visitor Restriction Levels please click here

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.  

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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