COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Vaccine Hotline - (863) 491-4369


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.  

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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