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CENTRAL COAST, CA – March 17, 2020 – Due to significant flu-like activity in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and concerns about transmitting COVID-19, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), members of Dignity Health, have implemented the following visitor restrictions.
While we are taking these precautions to be compliant with federal, state, and local guidance, the health care and best interest of our patients and community remains our first priority.
Effective immediately at all hospitals:
At French Hospital Medical Center:
At Marian Regional Medical Center:
Visitors are being screened using the standards established by the health department in our respective counties. Additionally, masks are required at all times for Emergency Department patients experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and/or nasal congestion.
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.
By limiting the number of people in the hospital setting, we are following the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines for reducing the spread of flu-like illnesses. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Older individuals with severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. In addition, remember to wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your face.
This situation is rapidly changing. Restricted access points and visiting guidelines may change daily. For the latest information, please check our websites: www.dignityhealth.org/arroyo-grande, www.dignityhealth.org/frenchhospital, and www.dignityhealth.org/marianregional.
The restricted visitor policy will be lifted as soon as possible. Hospital officials urge people of all ages with flu-like symptoms to stay home and consult first with their primary care physician.
For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the San Luis Obispo County Health Department, the Santa Barbara County Health Department, and CDC.gov
About Dignity Health Central Coast
Dignity Health Central Coast is comprised of five award-winning hospitals, all recognized for their quality of care, safety and service, primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services, and comprehensive home health services. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to provide additional funding to support new programs and services, as well as to advance the community’s access to health care. For more information, visit dignityhealth.org/centralcoast.
Sara San Juan