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Salinas Valley Health Updates Visitor Policy to Protect Patients and Staff

Salinas Valley Health Updates Visitor Policy to Protect Patients and Staff

Media Contact: Karina Rusk

Salinas Valley Memorial HealthcareSystemis taking additional measures to reduce the spread of COVID 19 in the community. A no visitor policy goes into effect tonight and applies to Healthcare System hospital and clinics.

There are limited circumstances in which a visitor will be allowed including the following:

  • Two parents or legal guardians for NICU and pediatric patients.
  • One birth partner in the Labor & Delivery, Obstetric Emergency Department (OB-ED) and Mother/Baby units.
  • One caregiver as a constant companion who actively assists with the patient’s care.
  • One assistant during an outpatient appointment who needs help walking, getting to the bathroom or understanding instructions.
  • One parent if the patient is a minor being seen in the emergency department or during an outpatient appointment.
  • End of life patient care situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with a maximum of two visitors.

Salinas Valley Health recommends using FaceTime, Skype or the patient room phone to connect with loved not allowed to visit patient stay. The policy will be reevaluated at a later date. For additional measures in place at Salinas Valley Health, visit

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