PDH implements updated visitor guidelines as COVID surges

Plumas District Hospital has implemented updated visitor guidelines according to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance in response to recent COVID-19 surges.

PDH will verify that visitors are either fully vaccinated, or incompletely or unvaccinated and have proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Additionally, if you have had a COVID-19 infection greater than 14 days and less than 90 days you will need to submit a letter from the county or a copy of the positive COVID-19 test result date.

A Visitor is defined as a person who is providing support to a patient receiving services in the hospital or clinic setting.

Hospital visitors are only allowed during visiting hours, from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., with the following exclusions:

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  1. Critical condition and imminent end-of-life situations
  2. Pediatric patients
  3. Surgical patients during the pre- and post-operation period
  4. Patients with physical, intellectual, and/or developmental disabilities, as well as those with cognitive impairments who are experiencing a prolonged hospitalization
  5. Labor and Delivery patients
  6. OB patients may have one support person during their ultrasound appointment

Visitors will enter Plumas District Hospital through the Emergency Room entrance.

Upon entering, every visitor, regardless of vaccination status, will be screened per Plumas District Hospital’s screening procedure. Visitors are required to wear a face mask correctly at all times within the facility.

Visitors who are visiting a patient in critical condition, when death may be imminent, are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements.

Individuals accompanying a person who is seeking urgent or emergent care, are not required to meet COVID-19 vaccine verification or testing requirements.

All fully vaccinated visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination using one of the following methods, pursuant to the CDPH Guidance for Vaccine Records Guidelines & Standards:

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*Please bring your photo ID for verification of identity.

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered); OR
  • a photo of a Vaccination Record Card as a separate document; OR
  • a photo of the client’s Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or electronic device, OR
  • documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider; OR
  • digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type.

All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors are eligible for indoor visits only if they can show documentation of a negative COVID-19 test where the specimen collection occurred within 72 hours before each visit.

  • Test results must be available at time of entry to the facility.
  • Visitors may use either PCR testing or antigen testing.
  • At-home tests are not acceptable.

For those who would like to read the full guidance from CDPH please see
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHCQ/LCP/Pages/AFL-21-31.aspx

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