COVID-19 Patient and Visitor Information


COVID-19 Patient and Visitor Information

Your Safety is Our Top Priority

You may be concerned about news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and its implications for your health and those of your loved ones. Your safety and well-being are our top priority.

Please know that:

  • We are taking all necessary measures and precautions to protect the safety of our patients and staff.
  • We specialize in the care of patients with complex illnesses and have experience with managing and containing novel viruses.
  • This is a rapidly evolving situation and we suggest you check out the latest updates on the CDC website as well as the website of your state health department.
  • Hospital visitor policies have been updated to reflect national efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. This policy may change at any time due to the rapidly evolving situation.
  • Maternity patients are allowed one companion/visitor.
  • Pediatric patients are allowed one parent/guardian.
  • Visitors to patients at end of life will be allowed at the discretion of the care team.
  • Hospital entry points will be limited to enable screening of visitors. Visitors who show any signs of illness, including mild symptoms, should not visit patients in the hospital or accompany patients to the emergency department.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Novel Coronavirus

What is our hospital doing to protect patients?

  • We are screening patients with symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath and with a history of travel within the past 14 days to communities with widespread or sustained community transmission of the coronavirus.
  • If we have a confirmed or potential patient with COVID-19, we will institute standard infectious disease protocols, as well as additional measures, to prevent the potential spread of the virus. All healthcare providers who have contact with the patient will use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

How concerned should I be about the coronavirus?

  • As of now, the seasonal flu remains a significant health risk.
  • Coronaviruses can cause the common cold and pneumonia. Most people infected with the novel coronavirus have mild cold symptoms. A small fraction of people, however, may require more intensive care. The CDC has launched an online self-checker for the novel coronavirus in the form of a bot named Clara (click the green “Coronavirus Self-Checker” banner to launch it). We understand your concern about protecting yourself from respiratory diseases. There is no recommendation to routinely wear a mask at this time.
  • Keep informed of the risk by checking the situation update on the CDC website.

What can I do to protect myself?

It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health crisis, and we need to remember to avoid making assumptions about others' perceived symptoms or any characteristics of identity. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent the novel coronavirus infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Here are the current CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Take everyday preventive actions for respiratory infections, such as avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home when sick, and washing hands often.
  • Avoid traveling to places with widespread or sustained community transmission of the coronavirus. A good place for reliable travel information can be found on the CDC's travel advisory page.


Should I wear a mask?

The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks for the general U.S. public to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including the novel coronavirus.

The best way to protect your health is by practicing preventive measures listed above to help prevent illness and symptoms similar to the novel coronavirus.


Where can I learn more?

Concerned patients and family members should talk with their healthcare provider.

You can also find more information about the virus from these websites.

Donations

We want you to know that our hospital is doing everything we can to be a strong resource for the community during the COVID-19 crisis. Our dedicated caregiving team, and all of our staff who support them, are working harder and longer than ever to meet the needs of San Dimas.

Many members of our community have asked how they can assist us during this trying time. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate you thinking of our physicians, nurses, technicians and other staff members who are working every day to keep us healthy.

We kindly request that you do not bring donations of household items, personal medications, and other commodities that you may wish to offer to the hospital campus because we have a highly regulated environment where we must maintain a strict supply chain control of sterile supplies and devices to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

However, we are currently requesting donations and would be grateful to everyone in the community for any new medical personal protective equipment (PPE) including N-95 masks, surgical gowns, disposable gloves, or non-surgical face masks. San Dimas Community Hospital has set up a surge tent outside of our Emergency Department and have security personnel available 24/7 to assist with receiving donations.

If you are unable to donate PPE equipment, another way to help our hospital and your community is by donating blood or plasma through local blood banks. The country is facing a blood shortage and is in desperate need of all blood types. Please contact your local blood bank branch to learn more about donating today. Together, we can provide relief to the country as we continue to fight the virus.