We recognize the important role of visitors in the mental health and well-being of hospitalized patients. LVMC visitor guidelines have been revised to ensure patient support during hospitalization, with a focus on minimizing the spread of COVID-19 exposure to protect patients and staff. The following guidelines are based on current guidance from the California Department of Public Health and are in effect.

Comprehensive Care Center Visitation

The CCC recognizes the significant role of family and visitors for the mental health and well-being of our residents. We have revised our visitation process to ensure resident support with a focus on minimizing the spread of COVID-19 exposure to residents and staff. The following guidelines are based on current guidance from California Department of Public Health.

For Visitors Who are NOT Fully Vaccinated  (includes Booster)

Unvaccinated, incompletely vaccinated, or booster-eligible visitors who have not yet received their booster dose are eligible for visitation, if they can show documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test prior to the visit, where the specimen collection occurred within 2 days if using a PCR test or 1 day if using antigen (rapid) testing. Such visitors must also wear a well-fitting facemask (a surgical mask or respirator) and physically distance from facility personnel and other residents or other visitors that are not part of their group during the visit. All visitors must practice physical distancing, which limits the number of visitors to 2.

For Visitors Who ARE Fully Vaccinated and Boosted

Visitors who are fully vaccinated and have received their booster dose are also eligible for visitation if able to show documentation of being fully vaccinated and boosted. Such visitors must also wear a well-fitting facemask (a surgical mask or respirator) and physically distance from facility personnel and other residents or other visitors that are not part of their group during the visit. All visitors must practice physical distancing, which limits the number of visitors to 2.

For Visitors Who are visiting someone who is eminently passing away

Visitors who are visiting someone who is eminently dying we will still obtain proof of vaccination. If proof of vaccination is not available or you do not have proof, we will still allow the visit. All visitors must wear a mask throughout the visit and social distance from staff and other residents throughout their visit.

For Visitors Who Visit for Multiple Consecutive Days:

When visiting for multiple consecutive days, proof of a negative test is required every third day (meaning testing is required on day one, day 4, and so on).

Lompoc Valley Medical Center Visitation

LVMC will either verify that visitors are fully vaccinated or, for unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated visitors, verify documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within the prior 48 hours of requested entry. In the absence of either, visitors may not be granted entry into the facility (some exceptions apply, see ‘Visitor Exceptions’ below).

  1. Visitors do not need to be designated in advance by the patient.
  2. All patients may have up to two visitors from the same household at the same time, provided physical distancing can be accomplished and visitors comply with hospital visitor guidelines.
  3. Specialty Service Patients. All specialty service patients may have up to two visitors or support person(s) who do not need to be from the same household at the same time, provided physical distancing can be accomplished, for specific patient groups or ensure support for their mental health and well-being. The following are considered the ‘specialty service patients’.
    1. Pediatric
    2. Labor and Delivery Patients. In addition to the support person(s), a doula, if desired by the patient, is permitted to be present if prior arrangements have been made with the hospital. The doula must comply with hospital PPE and infection control guidelines.
    3. Patients at End of Life
    4. Patients with Physical, Intellectual, and/or Developmental Disabilities and Patients with Cognitive Impartments.
    5. Surgery Patients
      1. Up to two visitors are permitted until the patient is taken into the surgical preparation (provided physical distancing can be accomplished).
      2. Up to two visitors when the patient is in recovery and preparing for discharge. Visitors may use waiting rooms if they are set up to maintain distance between individuals and groups and wear appropriate facial covering at all times in the waiting room.
    6. Visitor Exceptions. While visitors may be permitted, the requirements for PPE and physical distancing shall still pertain. The House Supervisor/designee has the authority to determine when an exception applies. The following visitors are exempt from the vaccination status screening questions and testing requirements.
      1. Visitors to a patient in critical condition, when death may be imminent.
      2. Adults accompanying pediatric patients.
      3. Caregivers for disabled patients.
      4. Other individuals in a similar situation may be allowed to enter without proof of vaccination or testing, on a case-by-case basis.
LVMC-Provided Testing

LVMC will offer antigen testing or home test kits for:

  • For visitors not fully vaccinated, screening staff shall offer
  • Screening staff shall provide a testing kit to the visitor, along with
    1. If the test is negative, the visitor shall be allowed
    2. If the test is positive, the visitor shall be instructed to return to their vehicle, and await further instructions. Screening staff shall then notify Infection Control (House Supervisor, after normal business hours) of the test results.