COVID-19 Vaccine AppointmentsBaptist Health Care is not offering COVID-19 vaccines at this time. Please contact our area health departments for vaccine appointments.
- For Escambia and Santa Rosa county departments of health call 866.201.1025.
- Visit myvaccine.fl.gov.
What you need to know about COVID-19
We understand that you have concerns about COVID-19.
The safety of our patients, our visitors, team members and our community is our top priority. We are following all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and closely monitoring all updates to protect the health of our patients, visitors and team members. We are also working closely with our partners in the county and state health departments and will continue to practice all recommended procedures and precautions.
We hope you find the information here valuable in understanding COVID-19 and ways you can protect yourself and your family. It will be updated as any new information becomes available.
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Reviewed: Jan 23, 2023
What Baptist is Doing
- In addition to an excellent staff of highly skilled nurses, we have physicians on our medical staff who are specialists in infectious diseases, pulmonary care, critical care and internal medicine.
- We follow all guidelines from the CDC to identify and isolate any patients who might be infectious so that unnecessary exposure of patients, visitors and team members is prevented.
- Anyone entering an isolation room will wear personal protective equipment that includes gloves, gowns, respiratory protection and eye protection.
- Our staff is continually trained and educated on the care of all of our patients. With COVID-19, additional training and education are being conducted.
- We are making every effort to educate and inform the public on ways to remain healthy, including rigorous and frequent handwashing, through this website and our social media outlets. Please check back often for updates.
What to do if you think you are sick
Contact your primary care doctor. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, please call your county health department so the health department can coordinate your medical evaluation and testing.
- Escambia County Health Department: 850-595-6500. After hours and weekends, call: 850-418-5566.
- Santa Rosa County Health Department: 850-983-5200
- Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center number: 1-866-779-6121
- Be sure to call before visiting your doctor and tell them you might have COVID-19. When you arrive, steps will be taken to reduce exposure to other patients.
What to do if you are sick
- Stay at home except for medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. Once you arrive, your provider’s team will take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed.
- Wear a mask when you are around other people or pets, and when going to a medical appointment.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, throw away the tissue and immediately wash your hands. Cough into your elbow if tissues and hand washing are not available.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Be sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Do not share household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with family members, friends or pets.
- Separate yourself from your family and animals. Stay in a specific room away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom if possible. Do not handle pets or other animals.
- Clean hard surfaces in your home, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables, daily with antibacterial/anti-germicidal solutions such as Clorox or Lysol.
- Monitor your symptoms and report to the emergency room if you have a fever of 103 or higher or if you have difficulty breathing. Be sure to call before seeking medical care to reduce exposure to others.