The latest information from Mayo Clinic March 13, 2020 As the world’s most trusted leader in health care, Mayo Clinic is committed to providing a comprehensive response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. We are bringing together Mayo Clinic’s unique expertise in patient care, research and education to advance tests and treatments for patients. The information below includes our policies as of today, but the situation is dynamic and information is rapidly evolving. For additional details and updates, please visit Mayo’s COVID-19 News Network site.
Visitation restrictions in place for Mayo Clinic Mayo Clinic remains open to care for those who need us most, but to protect our patients, effective immediately Mayo Clinic Hospital in Florida has enacted a “no visitors” policy for our hospital inpatient unit. While the no visitor policy applies only to the hospital, Mayo Clinic strongly recommends that all other patients seeking care on campus limit the number of non-patient companions to one. Both patient and companion will be screened upon arrival.
• No flower or balloon deliveries will be allowed.
• All Patient Education and Support Group meetings have been suspended through March 31, 2020.
• The Mayo Clinic Volunteer Program has been temporarily suspended and we are asking our volunteers to not return to campus until notified.
Patient information available on Mayo Clinic COVID-19 hotline Patients who have questions about COVID-19 may call the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 hotline at (904) 953- 7100.
Mayo Clinic in Florida developing test for COVID-19 Mayo Clinic is developing and validating a rapid result test for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, for Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Florida, and is expected to have it available for patients later this month. Mayo Clinic has been working around the clock to develop the test which will allow patients to receive results within 24 hours. Testing became available in Arizona and Rochester and for Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin earlier this week. Please note that capacity in the early stages will be limited to 200-300 people per day but we hope to expand capacity within weeks.
As home to one of the nation’s largest reference laboratories, Mayo Clinic has been in close contact with officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state health departments and other state and local partners. All positive samples will be sent to state departments of health, local officials, or CDC for appropriate follow-up testing and confirmation. To read more, click here.
Mayo Clinic staff mobilized to respond to pandemic Mayo Clinic has instituted a Healthcare Incident Command System (HICS) to respond to COVID-19. HICS is a standardized, systematic approach to emergency response. This systematic process is designed to ensure coordination across Mayo Clinic and bring together over 100 staff from areas across the organization to draw on each other’s expertise and ensure a cohesive and coordinated response to emergencies to best serve our patients, staff, and communities. Mayo Clinic instituted the HICS to ensure preparedness and responsiveness to the evolving nature of COVID-19.
Mayo Clinic updates staff guidance on telework, travel and large group meetings On Tuesday, March 10, Mayo Clinic announced updates to staff travel and meeting policies as a precaution to ensure that staff and operations remain healthy and ready to best respond to evolving COVID-19 needs. Mayo Clinic has been following CDC guidelines and decided to take extra precautions to protect our staff and patients.
• Mayo staff who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 will be asked to telework where possible. We are also implementing flexible policies and protections for workers who become symptomatic or need assistance to ensure that they receive appropriate care and support.
• Until further notice, Mayo Clinic is restricting non-essential business travel for its staff to all locations (international and domestic), including air or rail travel between Mayo Clinic locations.
• For personal travel and activities, Mayo staff are asked to take precautions to minimize the risk of exposure. CDC guidance currently advises against nonessential travel to affected areas described as having widespread or sustained community transmission.
• Mayo Clinic is suspending hosting large gatherings/events, such as medical conferences and continuing medical education seminars to minimize risk. Mayo is also recommending that large internal meetings be moved to a streamed or videoconference option.
If You Have Symptoms or Suspect You Were Exposed to COVID-19 The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. People who are older or have existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, may be at higher risk of serious illness. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza. Contact your doctor right away if you have COVID-19 symptoms and you've possibly been exposed to the virus. Call your doctor ahead to tell him or her about your symptoms and recent travels and possible exposure before you go to your appointment.
Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for additional updates on COVID-19. For all your COVID-19 coverage, click here.
COVID-19 UPDATE (Florida edition) is prepared by Mayo Clinic Division of External Relations and will be published as needed.