Your health and well-being is our top concern


What is known about coronavirus and the actions taken to reduce the spread continue to change on a regular basis. For that reason, we encourage you to check this site frequently for updates related to hospital operations.

Public Service Announcement

With COVID cases on the rise, Dignity Health Central Coast wants to remind you that the coronavirus pandemic is not over. Our hospitals and health centers are prepared to care for you, but we all need to continue to do our part to stay safe. Please watch this short video featuring Scott Robertson, MD, Dignity Health Division Chief Medical Officer.


Safety First

 

As we begin resuming services that were paused as the COVID-19 pandemic developed, we continue to adhere to guidance provided by national and state health officials to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. 

As always, your health and well-being are our focus, so we’ve taken steps to ensure your continued safety: 

  • Screening prior to entry
  • Masks are required for everyone
  • Visitor limitations
  • Separate care areas for patients with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols
  • Sanitizing stations throughout the facility

Your health is essential, so don’t put off getting the care you need.

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Visiting Guidelines

Visitors may enter through the Emergency Department and be screened according to the guidelines established by the San Luis Obispo County Health Department. 

  • One visitor per patient is allowed in the hospital, with exceptions for individual situations requiring special consideration.
  • Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with exceptions for individual situations requiring special consideration. 
  • Visitors must be 16 years of age or older.

We are offering patients the convenience of electronic communication options, including video availability, as an alternative to hospital visitation. 

If you would like to visit someone in the hospital but you are experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and/or nasal congestion, please visit on another day when you have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.

Cancellations and Closures

  • Some workshops and classes are now available virtually, while others are not being offered at this time. Details are available in the Classes & Events section. 
  • Gift shop is closed until further notice
  • Café is offering prepackaged options only
  • Some outpatient lab locations have reduced their hours. Please see the Laboratory Services section for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether your visit to the hospital is due to a medical emergency or a planned surgery, extensive measures are in place to ensure your continued safety: 

  • Screening prior to entry
  • Masks are required for everyone
  • Visitor limitations
  • Separate care areas for patients with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols
  • Sanitizing stations throughout the facility
We have resumed health care services and procedures. If you had a scheduled procedure that was put on hold due to the coronavirus, your doctor will contact you with new scheduling information.  

All patients are tested for COVID-19 before any scheduled procedure or surgery.

For the health and safety of our patients and staff, visits will remain limited for the time being. Our current visitor guidelines are outlined here.

Some workshops and classes are available virtually while others are not being offered at this time. Please see the Classes & Events section for details.

What You Can Do

Take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at home if you’re sick and limit your contact with others.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands after.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Additional information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is available here.

If You Are Sick - Call Your Doctor

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Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or mild shortness of breath, call your primary care physician. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, please call 911.

 

Seek medical attention if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19. Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Extreme fatigue or new confusion
  • Bluish lips or face

If you do not have a primary care physician, Dignity Health Urgent Care has five locations where those with symptoms can be evaluated. Find a location near you directly below.

Dignity Health Urgent Care – Atascadero
5920 West Mall 
Atascadero 93422 
(805) 436-8466

Dignity Health Urgent Care – Santa Maria
2271 South Depot Street
Santa Maria, CA 93455      
(805) 922-0561

Dignity Health Urgent Care – Orcutt
1102 E. Clark Avenue, Suite 120-A
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 946-1030

Dignity Health Urgent Care – Pismo Beach
877 Oak Park Blvd.
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 834-9146

Dignity Health Urgent Care – Lompoc
Walk-In Care & Family Care
217 W. Central Avenue, Suite G
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 263-4301

Online Symptom Checker

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can also check your symptoms using our chat box. Get started by clicking on the orange chat box in the bottom right corner of your screen.

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