Changes to Visitation Rules

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In accordance with a June 12, 2020 Santa Barbara County Health Officer order, Lompoc Valley Medical Center is implementing several changes in its current COVID-19 visitation policy.

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In accordance with a June 12, 2020 Santa Barbara County Health Officer order, Lompoc Valley Medical Center is implementing several changes in its current COVID-19 visitation policy.

UPDATE, July 2, 2020

Due to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Santa Barbara County, LVMC has made a slight revision to its visitor policy. The LVMC COVID-19 Task Force (comprised of physicians, clinical staff and administrative staff) has made the decision to restrict visitors/support persons from accompanying patients at the Lompoc Health clinics, and at the hospital for outpatient ancillary services (lab, radiology, etc.)

Exceptions will be made for patients who are minors or have special needs. Visitation will continue to be permitted for Emergency Room encounters, and hospital inpatients. We will review this policy weekly and determine if further revisions, either more restrictive or less restrictive, should be made.

Please note, it is safe for patients to seek care at Lompoc Health Clinics and at the LVMC Emergency Room. If you need medical care, do not hesitate to seek our services.

Effective immediately, adult acute care patients at LVMC may have one person visit them in the acute care wing. The new order allows the “Unique Designated Visitor” to change from day to day or week to week. However, the Health Officer strongly recommends that the visitors be consistent and not change when feasible.

Overnight visitation is prohibited for visitors of adult patients in the medical-surgical or critical care unit areas.

Patient visitors may purchase items from the Ocean’s Seven Café and may dine in the cafe. The Ocean’s Seven Café remains closed to the public at large. Visitors are restricted from other public areas of the hospital until further notice.

Pediatric and Obstetric patients will be allowed to designate two visitors per patient per day. One or both visitors may be present during the day. Only one visitor may stay overnight for pediatric and obstetric patients.

COVID-positive patients may not have any visitors (with an exception for pediatrics and Labor and Delivery patients). Also, anyone who is COVID-positive, or a confirmed contact of a COVID-positive case, is prohibited from visiting.

Face coverings are required for all people in the hospital. Visitors must wear a procedural face mask at all times, if available. Cloth masks may be used by visitors if procedural masks are unavailable.

Social distancing buffers of 6-feet or more must be followed in all areas.

Visitation hours at the acute hospital will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with some exceptions. All visitors will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the hospital.

Visitation remains prohibited at the Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) through the end of June. Distance visits are available in a variety of modes. To discuss extenuating circumstances, contact CCC Administrator Lorraine Jones at 805-736-3466.

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 virus, these restrictions and guidelines are subject to change without advance notice.

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Author: Nora Wallace, Public Relations

Nora Wallace was hired as LVMC’s Public Relations Coordinator in October 2014. She previously was employed as a newspaper reporter for 25 years at the Santa Barbara News-Press, primarily covering North County news. At LVMC, Nora is also responsible for the management of the Blue Coat hospital volunteers. She is a graduate of Santa Barbara City College and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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