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Visitor Guidelines

A Notice to our Visitors: All visitors are required to provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within the last 72 hours, or proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before visiting anyone in our care.

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To protect patients and our staff from the spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19, Dominican Hospital has implemented new visitation guidelines. Effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022 no visitors are allowed in the facility except in limited situations. 

Exceptions listed below must be authorized by the nursing supervisor. These visitors must wear a hospital issued N95 mask. 

Exceptions

Emergency Department: in emergent situations one parent or guardian visitor of pediatric patients is allowed. One support person for a patient with physical, intellectual, developmental disability, or cognitive impairment may visit. If the patient stays for an extended amount of time, the one designated visitor may switch. 

NICU: Two designated parents/guardians may visit at the same time. 

Birth Center: May have one support person. 

Pediatrics: May have one parent or guardian. 

Imminent End of Life: May have a total of two support persons/visitors a day.

Patients with Cognitive Impairments; and/or Physical, Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities: One continuous visitor is allowed. 

COVID-19 positive patients

  • COVID-19 positive patients visitors are restricted at this time. End of life patients may have two support persons/visitors per day. Visitors must comply with current PPE and physical distancing policies. Visits will be limited to two hours. 
  • An informed conversation must occur with the visitor and the Nursing Supervisor prior to the visit that outlines the risks, benefits and alternatives to an in-person visit. This conversation will be documented in the patient’s medical record. 
  • Visitors should not be present in the room with a COVID-19 positive patient during an aerosol-generating procedure. 

Visitor Screening

Visitors must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at entrances. Visitors do not need to be designated in advance. 

The California Department of Public Health requires visitors to show proof of vaccination. If unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, visitors must show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test collected within 72 hours before each visit. Either PCR or antigen test is acceptable. 

Approved vaccine verification options are: 

  1. COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered.
  2. A photo of a Vaccination Record Card as a separate document.
  3. A photo of the client's Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or electronic device.
  4. Documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider. 

Some exemptions are allowed to meet specific patient needs. Please make a request for an exemption through the house supervisor. 

The following requirements apply to all visitors:

  • Must comply with personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines and remain masked at all times. 
  • Must remain in the patient’s room, and not in any other indoor public spaces. 
  • May use the public restroom or purchase food and drinks to-go from the hospital café. Visitors may not eat in the patient’s room. 

Virtual Visitation

All patients may request and are encouraged to do virtual visitation via the patient’s or family’s personal devices or through hospital-provided technology. 

Thank you for your understanding and support as we work to keep our patients and community safe and healthy.