This decision was based on Huntington’s risk-scoring matrix, which considers community infection rates and more. After carefully reviewing this matrix, combined with the current trends in Los Angeles County and throughout the country, we are making these appropriate updates to our visitor policy to protect the health of our patients and caregivers.
Exceptions to in-person visitation closure will include:
- All patients at the end of life
- One healthy parent at a time for pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit patients
- One healthy birth partner and one certified doula for labor, delivery, postpartum and recovery units
- One healthy visitor to drop off and pick up all patients having procedures, including outpatient surgery, GI lab, radiology, and catheterization lab:
- Once the patient has arrived in the admitting area of the main lobby, the visitor must leave the hospital campus.
- Upon completion of the patient’s procedure, the family will be called and notified of next steps related to when the patient will be ready to go home and instructions for how to reunite with the patient at the hospital so they may go home.
- One healthy visitor to drop off a patient in the emergency department.
- Upon patient drop off, visitors must leave campus and wait for a phone call.
- Visitors may wait in their cars or at an off-campus location.
- The only exception to this is that one healthy parent of a patient under the age of 18 will be allowed back into the care area with their child.
For detailed information about our visitor policy, please visit: www.huntingtonhospital.org/visitors
With the holidays upon us and people’s desire to gather and celebrate, this increase of COVID-19 in our community comes at a dangerous time. Huntington Hospital’s Kimberly Shriner, MD, infectious disease specialist, has prepared a few tips to help the community make the most informed decisions. Most important, if you must gather, keep your celebrations short (no more than two hours); small (no more than 10 people, preferably smaller); social distance (at least six feet apart); and, wear masks when not eating. For these tips and more, please visit: https://www.huntingtonhealth.org/in-the-news/holiday-covid-19-tips-huntington-hospital-infectious-disease-specialist-kimberly-shriner-md/