COVID-19 Mask, Screening Protocols

Woman wearing a surgical mask

As new cases and the case positivity rate of COVID-19 continue to rise in the Tampa Bay area and across Florida, Moffitt is updating our mask policy. Effective Jan. 16, masks will be required by all Moffitt team members and staff in patient care and public areas. For patients and visitors, masks are strongly encouraged — not required — at this time.

Masks are still required by patients, visitors and team members in:

  • BMT-CI inpatient and clinic rooms
  • Malignant Hematology inpatient and clinic rooms

Masks are available at all entrances, information desks and at registration for anyone who prefers to wear one.

For Patients and Visitors with COVID Symptoms or Positive Test: Moffitt does not require patients, visitors or family members to complete a health screening upon entry to a Moffitt facility. For the safety of all our patients — visitors and family members should visit a Moffitt campus only if they are well and not experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.  For patients who are COVID-19 positive or experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call ahead to speak to your care team and tell the registration desk when you arrive. Wear a mask at all times when in a Moffitt facility.

If you have an upcoming appointment and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call the Patient Care Hotline at 813-745-8000 before coming to Moffitt:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

For anyone who has had close contact or a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the past 10 days, you should wear a face mask at all times during the visit.

We are limiting patient entry points to the main entrances of:

  • Red and Blue Valet at the Moffitt Cancer Center hospital on the Magnolia campus
  • Gold Valet at the Muriel Rothman Clinic Building on the Magnolia campus
  • Moffitt Research Center on the Magnolia campus
  • Schulze Family Foundation Outpatient Center at the McKinley campus
  • Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza

Please note, the Gold and Blue valet parking entrances will close at 7 p.m. After 7 p.m., please enter through the Red Valet hospital entrance instead.