California State Mandate


Effective August 11, 2021, a California state mandate requires visitors to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before each visit.

The California Department of Public Health allows certain visitors be exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements. Those include:

  • visitors for patient in critical condition, when death may be imminent;
  • parent or guardian visitors of pediatric patients;
  • a support person and doula for a labor and delivery patient; and
  • support persons for a patient with physical, intellectual, developmental disability, or cognitive impairment.

All visitors, however, must comply with all infection control and prevention requirements applicable for indoor visits.

Current visitor policy

As we continue to see a decline in COVID-19 patients and move into Phase 2 recovery, we have updated our visitation policy to allow visitors for non-COVID-19 patients with new guidelines.  We understand in-person visits provide support and reassurance for patients and families alike. We pride ourselves on being a patient- and family-centered organization.  The safety of everyone is our number one priority, and we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of this virus and protect our patients, staff and visitor. Please note, as the COVID-19 status continues to rapidly evolve, visitor restrictions are subject to change at any time.

Updated Visitation Restrictions Effective February 15, 2021:

  • Visitation hours will be from 9:00am to 6:30pm seven days a week
  • One (1) adult visitor, 18 years or older, will be allowed per inpatient at a time
  • No COVID or PUI visitation unless making end of life decisions or patients who are at the end of life
  • Universal masking and screening will be required for all visitors
  • 6ft Social Distancing is mandatory in all areas
  • Cafeteria will be open for visiting guest

The following are approved exceptions to limited visitation scenarios for person with disabilities and person in need of supportive assistance:

  • A Labor & Delivery patient.
  • A patient undergoing emergency surgery related to a traumatic event.
  • A patient with rehabilitation or cognitive needs.
  • A patient requiring assistance with discharge decisions or instructions.
  • A patient who is incapacitated or legally incompetent to make medical decisions, including minors.
  • A patient who appears anxious or confused.
  • A patient who presents with an infant or minor.

For the safety of our employees, physicians, patients and limited visitors, we appreciate your understanding as these policies evolve.

* If you are having a medical emergency please proceed to our Emergency Department for care.

 

Labor & Delivery, Maternal Newborn and NICU Visitor Guidelines

Triage patients:

While you are waiting to be seen, you may be accompanied by 1 support person in our Maternal Waiting Room. If the waiting room reaches capacity, your support person may be asked to wait downstairs in order to accommodate all of our maternity patients and maintain appropriate social distancing. Once you are called to the OB Evaluation area, your support person must wait downstairs and may return once you are admitted to a room.

Labor patients:

Your primary support person will be banded once you are admitted to the hospital. Any additional visitors are subject to the state-mandated requirement of proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours. Only one visitor is permitted at a time. If you test positive for COVID, only one support person will be permitted throughout the entire hospital stay. The support person must remain in the patient room.

Antepartum patients:

One support person is permitted while you are an antepartum patient. (An antepartum patient is one who is less than 37 weeks gestation and will be admitted on an observational or long-term basis.) Your support person may stay with you 24 hours/day as long as you are the only patient in the room. If you are in a semi-private room, visiting hours will be between 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM.

Maternal Newborn:

After you deliver and arrive in your maternal newborn room, your primary support person may accompany you and remain with you overnight. Only one visitor is permitted at a time. Any additional visitors are subject to the state-mandated requirement of proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours and must visit between 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU):

The two persons who are banded will be the only visitors permitted for the baby. Visitation in the NICU is 24 hours per day, with the exception of a brief time period to allow for change of shift both morning and evening.

Circumstances may allow for specific exceptions to any visitation restrictions described on this webpage. Those circumstances include religious visitation as well as a designated support person for a patient with a disability to provide assistance with communication or other necessary components of the patient's treatment. All persons entering under an exception remain subject to appropriate infection control protocols.