Saint Joseph Medical Center New Visitor Policy

Updated Visitation Policy - Effective Nov. 10, 2021

The California Department of Public Health has directed hospitals to place strict limitations on visitation.  Effective immediately, each patient may have only TWO VISITORS a day between the hours of 8AM and 8PM.  (The same visitors may leave and return within a single day.  The visitors may change the following day and each day forward). 

Visitors MUST be 18 years of age or older (exceptions vetted through a dept supervisor):

  • EITHER provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated (see list of acceptable documentation below)
  • OR provide documentation that they have had a negative COVID test in the last 72 hours.

Please remember that the intent is to PROTECT YOUR LOVED ONE and the entire community.  


EITHER Verification of FULL Immunization OR Verification of Negative COVID Test within 72 Hours:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals are those for whom fourteen days have passed since they received both doses of a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson).  
    • Acceptable documentation includes: 
      • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (Original, Photocopy, or Digital Copy)
      • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider
  • Anyone who is unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated may still visit by providing documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test where the specimen was collected no more than 72 hours prior to the current time. Self-administered home tests are not acceptable.
    • Acceptable PCR or Antigen testing must be:
      • Authorized by the FDA or
      • Operating per the requirements of the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
    • If you need assistance locating a testing facility, please see


ED Visitor Guideline


Important Reminder

  1. All visitors must be screened at the point of entry and be symptom free.
  2. The nurse is ultimately responsible for ensuring that our visitors understand and follow our guidelines for visitation. If the visitors cannot adhere to those guidelines, the visitation can be discontinued.
  3. All visitors must arrive masked and remain masked while in the medical center:
    • Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center has the right to refuse a visitor if they cannot wear a mask due to a disability or medical condition.
    • If there are any concerns, please ask for a supervisor.
  4. All visitors must come directly to the patient room and immediately leave the hospital upon completion of the visit. The only exception is that visitors may use the gift shop and cafeteria, assuming that there is sufficient room to maintain social distancing.
  5. In some situations, we may allow visitation for a patient who is COVID+ with leader approval. Some examples include lengthy hospitalization or for purposes of visualization of plan of care decisions with family meeting. Caregivers to meet the visitors as they arrive on the unit and assist them in donning (and later doffing) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and understanding what they need to do to stay safe during their visit. Politely excuse them from the room during any Aerosol-Generating Procedure (AGP), including the required period of time after such a procedure. They may be excused from the room in the interests of safety or privacy.
  6. If possible, discharge planning requiring the assistance of a support person(s) will take place during normal visiting hours. Please notify the House Supervisor if an exception is needed.

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