Since there are COVID-19 patients in Florida, entrance procedures changed at both hospitals, according to a statement from hospital officials.

Visitors to Twin Cities Hospital and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center will notice that getting into the buildings just got a little more difficult.


Since there are COVID-19 patients in Florida, entrance procedures changed at both hospitals, according to a statement from hospital officials.


All visitors are asked to use specific entrances, which are staffed by personnel who will ask questions relating to possible exposure to the virus.


Among the questions that may be asked are whether visitors are experiencing any symptoms of a respiratory virus, whether they have traveled recently and whether they have been in contact with anyone who has traveled recently.


The changes have been made as a proactive precautionary measure, according to hospital spokeswoman Denise Kendust.


Individuals who do have certain key symptoms may be asked to wear a mask or to "defer their visit to another time," according to the hospital’s release.


No one in Okaloosa County has currently tested positive for the virus, according to the latest information released by the health department.


A woman in Crestview was diagnosed with the virus while on a cruise and spent 49 days in quarantine. She has returned but is not deemed a risk to the public.


Rumors are flying around about other local cases, but none have proven yet to be true.


A Santa Rosa man who traveled recently is one of Florida’s four cases.