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COVINA, Calif. — Emanate Health, the largest health care system in the San Gabriel Valley, has updated its visitation policy as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to fall locally and nationally. The new policy allows patients to receive up to two guests at a time during regular visitor hours. Click here to review the visitor policy for more details.
The updated policy applies to Inter-Community Hospital in Covina, Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina and Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora.
"We're very happy to welcome back the family and friends of patients to our three hospitals, now that the spread of COVID-19 appears to be subsiding," said Emanate Health Chief Executive Officer Robert H. Curry. "Visits from loved ones are a very important part of the recovery process for our patients, who will no doubt be excited to receive more guests."
For the first time since December, the number of COVID-19 inpatients in Los Angeles County this past weekend was less than 1,000. On Wednesday, Emanate Health had 16 COVID-19 inpatients—down from a high of 151 in January—with the number of cases and hospitalizations continuing to drop following the winter surge.
With the improving numbers, federal, state and county officials have rolled back mask mandates, which will help to promote a pre-pandemic sense of normalcy. For its part, Emanate Health consulted with officials of public health agencies to update its visitation policy.
The new visitor policy now allows two guests to visit a patient at one time. These guests can stay as long as they wish within regular visitation hours, which are between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Exceptions will be made for patients at the end of life, pediatric cases and patients who require the presence of a caregiver.
Visitors—who must present identification and be at least 18 years old—will also be required to wear a mask and comply with vaccine or testing requirements per the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Guests who are booster-eligible must have received the booster shot to visit patients. Patients with COVID-19 or under investigation for potential exposure to the virus may not receive visitors.
The Emergency Department at each of the hospitals will allow one visitor per patient unless the patient is COVID-19 positive or suspected of having the virus. Labor and Delivery, and Mother-Baby Care will allow two support persons, and the Pediatrics Unit will also welcome two guests. NICU will allow one parent to visit at a time. Hospice will allow two visitors at all times without limitation.
'Emanate Health's new visitor policy and the state's lifting of mask mandates may represent a turning point in the battle against COVID-19 locally," Curry said. "We all want a return to pre-pandemic days and fully enjoy the presence of family and friends without fear of the virus."
About Emanate Health
Emanate Health exists to help people keep well in body, mind and spirit by providing quality health care services in a safe, compassionate environment. Emanate Health is the largest nonprofit health care provider serving the one million residents of the San Gabriel Valley in California. The system provides specialized care in Behavioral Health, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Emergency, Neuroscience and Stroke, orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Women's Health. Its family of hospitals and hospice include Emanate Health Inter-Community in Covina, Emanate Health Queen of the Valley in West Covina, Emanate Health Foothill Presbyterian in Glendora, Emanate Health Hospice and Home Care in West Covina, as well as other clinics throughout the region. Year after year the health care system has been voted "Best Hospital" and "Best Place to Work" and providers are consistently among the "Top Doctors" in Los Angeles County and hospital services are recognized for quality care. Visit emanatehealth.org, our Newsroom and connect with us on LinkedIn │Twitter │ Instagram │ Facebook.