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Effective Date: Friday, March 11, 2022. Guidelines may change as circumstance requires.

Visiting Hours: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm (exception made for overnight visitors)

Due to COVID-19, Kern Medical is restricting the number of visitors at our hospital and clinics to protect our staff, physicians, patients, and visitors. Therefore, visitors must provide proof of identification and:

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test completed within 72 hours* OR
  • Proof of completing a COVID-19 primary vaccination series with two doses of a Pfizer or Moderna (mRNA) vaccine with or without receiving a booster 5 months after completing the primary series OR
  • Proof of completing a COVID-19 primary vaccination series with one dose of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine with or without receiving a booster 2 months after completing the primary series

    EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
    • 1 visitor per day for each adult (1 for COVID-19 positive adult patients)
    • 2 visitors per day for pediatric patients (1 for rule-out COVID-19 pediatric patients)
    • Exception: end of life patients
    • No exchange of visitors. Please designate one representative visitor per patient
    MATERNAL HEALTH – LABOR & DELIVERY (OB)
    • 2 visitors per encounter selected by “Mom” to be present during labor and birth
    • 1 visitor for COVID-19+ patients
    • 1 visitor per day for each Mother/Baby in the Post-Partum Units
    NEONATAL ICU (NICU) & PEDIATRICS
    • 2 "banded" visitors, may be alone or together, per day - NICU
    • 2 parents/visitors per patient, per day - Pediatrics (exception - 1 overnight visitor)
    AREAS ALLOWING ONE VISITOR PER PATIENT, PER DAY
    • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
    • Outpatient clinics
    • Areas where a pediatric patient is being treated, i.e., Radiology
    One overnight visitor per patient will be permitted in the Pediatric unit and Maternal Health Visiting Hours are 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
    AREAS WITH NO VISITORS
    • Behavioral Health Unit
    • Outpatient Radiology
    • All Other Areas of Hospital
    Please arrange for those who cannot enter the hospital or clinics to wait elsewhere and not in the waiting rooms or in the areas immediately in front of the hospitals or clinics.
    Exceptions may be considered, including trauma patients, comfort care, or patients reliant on an advocate for their care. Children under the age of 18 may not visit or enter the hospital or clinics unless seeking care.
    Children under the age of 18 may not visit or enter the hospital or clinics unless seeking care.
    Visitors who do not have a medical mask will have one provided.
    *Proof of a negative test is not required if proof of a positive COVID-19 test within no greater than 90 days is provided

    Visitors who do not have a medical mask will have one provided.

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