DeSantis Signs Bill To Prevent Bans on Patient Visits

TALLAHASSEE -- Governor DeSantis signed a law to make sure patients at health care facilities can have contact with visitors.

The "No Patient Left Alone Act" was a response to many facilities cutting off or limiting visitation during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill says health care facilities must draw up visitation policies within 30 days that include education for visitors, specifying how long and how many people may visit a patient. Those may include protocols about screening and personal protective equipment. They can't require vaccination or immunization and must allow physical contact.

"I can tell you, if you take people and they have that connection and they have loved ones with them, they are more likely to recover," DeSantis said.

The bill got only two no votes in the House and none in the Senate.

Information from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.

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