Sharp, Scripps also require proof of vaccination and negative tests for visitors – NBC 7 San Diego
On Monday, UC San Diego officials said that starting on Wednesday, all visitors to its acute care facilities would be required to show either full proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test taken in hospitals. 72 hours previous.
On Tuesday, their colleagues at Sharp HealthCare and Scripps Health joined them in issuing similar statements.
In its statement, Scripps HealthCare said it was acting on a state mandate and that all of its employees “who provide health services or work in health facilities will need to be fully immunized by the end of September,” and that, from Wednesday, all visitors to hospitals, skilled nursing homes and intermediate care facilities will be required to prove that they have been fully immunized or have had a negative COIVD test in the past 72 time.
Meanwhile, at Sharp Health, visitors were limited to designated support people, and as of Wednesday, those support people were limited to people who could provide proof of vaccination via an official vaccination record, which he said. either the original or a or a hard copy, or a digital record of status with a QR code. The Sharp Health statement clarified that home coronavirus test results would not be acceptable as evidence of a negative test.
“We are awaiting further guidance from the state regarding certain exemptions, but that has not yet been released,” John Cihomsky, senior vice president of public relations and communications at Sharp HealthCare, told NBC 7 by email. .
UC San Diego Health
On Monday, UC San Diego officials said new guidelines for visitors would begin Wednesday, “in accordance with the most recent California Department of Public Health (CDPH) health ordinance.”
The affected UC San Diego facilities include:
• UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest
• Jacobs Medical Center (including Thornton Pavilion)
• Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
• Moores Cancer Center (all areas including infusion center and clinics)
All other UC San Diego facilities, including clinics, are currently excluded from the new guidelines. All patients and approved visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Only two guests per day will be admitted and all visitors must be 12 years of age or older.
A Palomar Health official, public relations manager Derryl Acosta, told NBC 7 on Tuesday afternoon that Palomar Health would “also abide by the order of the public health official” and confirmed that the health system will demand that visitors have proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours.
Rady Children’s Hospital
Things are handled a little differently at Rady’s Children’s Hospital.
First, a spokesperson for the health care provider said he did not view the parents of patients as visitors but rather as “partners in care,” in their terminology. As such, “we don’t think they fall under this new mandate to test all visitors,” hospital spokesperson Ben Metcalf told NBC 7 on Tuesday.
Other visitors to Rady’s Children’s Hospital, however students, vendors, etc. must be vaccinated. The medical center has not allowed other guests – like an uncle with balloons, in an example provided by Metcalf – since the start of the pandemic.
Rady offers parents testing for the coronavirus if they wish, said Metcalf, who added that parents and others are not exempt from the vaccination / testing mandate at outpatient clinics.
Other health care providers
NBC 7 is awaiting responses from Kaiser Permanente and Alvarado Hospital to see if these facilities will also implement the new guidelines for visitors.
Unvaccinated San Diegans can find places to get vaccinated or where they can be tested: