The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued an update to its state mandated public health order regarding visitation within all hospitals in California.
Effective Friday, January 7, 2022, all visitors must show proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or provide a negative COVID-19 test from an accredited laboratory (taken within one day of visitation for antigen tests, or within two days of visitation for PCR tests). Home COVID-19 tests do not meet the requirements of this regulation. For visitors who return for multiple consecutive days, proof of a negative test is required every third day.
Visitors of end-of-life patients are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements. In emergent situations, the following are also exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements:
- Parents or guardians visiting pediatric patients
- A support person for a labor and delivery patient
- A support person(s) for a patient with physical, intellectual, developmental disability, or cognitive impairment
However, these visitors must comply with the vaccine verification or testing requirement for subsequent visits following the emergent situation. They must do so as soon as reasonably possible thereafter, but no longer than 72 hours after the emergency.
All visitors are required to wear a face mask at all times while in the facility, and must physically distance from other patients/visitors that are not part of their group.
If you are vaccinated, acceptable documentation of vaccination includes:
- 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; OR
- a photo of a Vaccination Record Card as a separate document; OR
- a photo of the client's Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or electronic device,
- documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider; OR
- digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type.
If you are unvaccinated, you must provide documentation including:
- A negative COVID test where the specimen collection occurred within 2 days if using PCR or 1 day if using antigen testing before each visit and for which the test results are available at the time of entry to the facility.
- Visitors with history of COVID-19 within the prior 90 days may provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 and release from isolation in lieu of testing.
This state order is in keeping with our commitment to providing a safe environment for our patients, visitors, employees and the people of the communities we serve.
Thank you for entrusting us with your healthcare needs. We wish you all the best on your path to continued health.
Current Visitor Policy
Emanuel Medical Center is committed to taking the necessary and critical steps to ensure patients, visitors and staff in our hospital are safe and remain healthy.
The following visitor policy is currently in place:
- All patients are allowed two visitors per room
- Visiting hours are Monday-Friday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m
- Visitors must be 14 years of age or older
Visitors may enter through the Main Lobby or Emergency Department. All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry. Visitors are required to wear a mask at all times while in the facility. Visitors must stay in the patient area or designated waiting area and follow social distancing requirements. Visitors will not be allowed to congregate in common areas. Any visitor not meeting screening criteria or the state mandate requirements will not be permitted to enter the hospital.
Visitors are not allowed for COVID-19 patients and those under investigation.
We appreciate your support and understanding during this time.
Restrictions for Hospital Entry/ExitEntry and exit is limited to the main lobby and emergency room only.
An exception to any limited visitation policy at the hospital is patients with disabilities who require support from family members or staff in order for them to effectively communicate with medical personnel or otherwise receive equal access to medical treatment.