Local hospital CEO dispels social media rumor

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - There is a rumor circulating following a Facebook post that nurses at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center are not allowed to wear masks to protect their patients. We spoke with the CEO of the hospital who says that rumor is not true.

A local hospital CEO is dispelling a social media rumor about the hospital's nurses not being allowed to wear facemasks. (WJHG/WECP)

CEO Brad Griffin acknowledged that there is a shortage of equipment like masks across the country, but says the hospital is making sure staff are properly equipped when necessary.

The hospital has also beefed up precautions like screening people at the main entrance and cutting down visitation to one visitor per patient at a time. However, there are some instances where there may be exceptions for things like pediatric and maternity patients.

"It is absurd to think that we would be withholding the right equipment for them to properly care in a safe environment for our patients. It is just not true," said Griffin.

We did reach out to the person who wrote the Facebook post but have not heard back. Griffin also said there are currently no COVID-19 patients at the hospital.

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