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Visitor Restrictions & Screening Processes

UPDATE: Pursuant to the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) State Public Health Officer Order issued on August 5, and an All Facilities Letter issued on August 12, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) requires all visitors to provide documentation of a completed COVID-19 vaccination or of a negative COVID-19 test. This requirement became effective at 12:01 am on Wednesday, August 11, in response to the increased transmission of COVID-19 across the region.

It’s important to know that these measures have been implemented to protect the health and safety of our patients and Associates by reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission within our hospital.

Recognized proof of vaccination includes:

  1. 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
  2. a photo of a Vaccination Record Card as a separate document; OR
  3. a photo of the client's Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or electronic device, OR
  4. documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider; OR
  5. 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. For information on how to access your digital record, visit: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/.

If a visitor does not have one of the abovementioned forms of vaccination proof, or if they are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, they must provide:

  • Documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR or antigen test
  • The test must have occurred within 72 hours before each visit
  • The test results must be available at the time of entry to the hospital
  • Test results must be from a licensed laboratory
  • COVID-19 home/self-collection test results will not be accepted

To register for a free COVID-19 test, please click the link for the County in which you live in, ONLY.

Pursuant to the CDPH guidelines of the order, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be confirmed and documented by PVHMC and available to local public health departments.

Exceptions to these guidelines include individuals who are visiting a patient in critical condition, when death may be imminent.

Visitor Guidelines

Effective June 22, 2021, the below public health guidelines and visitor guidelines are in place:

  • Visiting hours: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Please verify any exceptions with the patient’s nurse.
  • Visitor age restriction: all visitors must be 14 years of age or older.
  • Visitor food restriction: to adhere to continuous masking policies, visitors may not consume food near patients.
  • Cafeteria: patients and visitors are not permitted in the cafeteria.
  • Admitted patients: two (2) healthy persons may visit a patient per day. Overnight visitation is permitted for medical necessity, only.
  • Labor, delivery and postpartum: during the labor and delivery period, two (2) healthy persons will be permitted. During the postpartum period, one (1) healthy designated support person may be permitted an overnight stay to facilitate bonding with the newborn.
  • Pediatric Unit: two (2) designated support persons will be permitted at the bedside.
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU): two (2) designated support persons will be permitted at the bedside.
  • Surgery: due to limited space and at the discretion of the healthcare team, one (1) person will be permitted until the patient is taken to the pre-procedure area. They may re-enter when the patient is in recovery and preparing for discharge.
  • Emergency Department (ED): due to limited space and at the discretion of the healthcare team, visitation of no more than one (1) people will be permitted at the bedside in the ED. During extraordinary and end-of-life circumstances, family members will be allowed to wait in the ED lobby after being screened, until a member of the healthcare team identifies a designated family contact.

Please coordinate with your family members and friends to ensure these updated restrictions are followed. We understand that communication with your loved ones is important and ask that you consider using alternative methods of communication, including phone calls, social media, instant messaging apps or video calling apps. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available to all patients.

If you are here for an outpatient procedure or appointment, please consider asking your loved one or transportation provider to remain outside, in the car or at home until your procedure or appointment is complete.

Screening Processes

The hospital is screening patients and visitors at all hospital entrances. Upon arrival, designated staff will ask you:

  • A series of questions to identify if you are experiencing COVID-19 signs and symptoms.
  • For your COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test documentation.
  • To perform hand hygiene.
  • To change your mask. We will provide all visitors with an approved isolation or surgical mask upon their arrival.

Public Health Guidelines

  • Masking: all visitors must wear the mask provided upon entry at all times while on our PVHMC campus. Masks must be work properly over the nose and mouth.
  • Social distancing: keep a safe distance of at least six feet from healthcare personnel and other patients and visitors that are not part of your group.
  • Hand hygiene: hand hygiene practices are mandatory upon entering and exiting the hospital and patient rooms.

Patients with Appointments

Patients who have appointments at the hospital will receive a phone call prior to their appointment in which a designated hospital representative will perform the screening.

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