Cottage Health Implements New Visitor Requirements for Hospital Entry
Source: Cottage Health
With COVID spreading in our community, additional steps are being taken to protect the safety of hospital patients, visitors and healthcare staff. Effective Wednesday, August 11, Cottage Health hospitals in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley will implement the recent California Department of Public Health order requiring visitors to either verify completed COVID-19 vaccination, or verify a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior each visit.
Staff at the hospital entrances will assist visitors with this screening process. To prepare, we are asking hospital visitors to arrive with their Vaccine Record Card (printed or saved as image on phone), their immunization record from MyChart, or the digital QR code available at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.
If vaccination has not been completed, visitors will need a printed or digital copy of a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to arrival.
All visitors and staff within the hospitals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask at all times within all Cottage Health facilities. This is vital to protecting pediatric patients too young to receive vaccine, and immunocompromised patients who are more vulnerable to COVID.