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Patient visitation limits return to Dignity Health hospitals, effective immediately

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Jan 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-05 17:59:56-05

The Central Coast Dignity Health hospitals updated patient visitation guidelines on Wednesday.

The reinstated limits are in place for the safety of patients and staff, a spokesperson with Dignity Health said in a statement. The rules apply to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center and Marian Regional Medical Center.

The updated rules are as follows:

  • Patients may be accompanied by one visitor per day (with the exception of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Marian Regional Medical Center)
  • One visitor may be permitted to accompany emergency patients, at the discretion of ER staff
  • One care partner and a doula are permitted for labor and delivery
  • Those in compassionate care may have special consideration on a case-by-case basis
  • At Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and Marian Regional Medical Facility, main and outpatient lobbies are closed to the public.
  • All visitors will need to be fully vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours of their visit
  • Masks will need to be worn at all times in the hospital