Cottage Hospital Updates Visitor Policy Amidst Rising COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Source: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH)
At SBCH, 23 hospitalized patients have confirmed COVID. Of these, 1 is in critical care. Compared to two weeks ago (December 20, 2021), the number of hospitalized patients with confirmed COVID was 8.
Visitor Policy Update
With the new surge of COVID cases now rapidly spreading throughout our community, it is necessary to pause visitation at Cottage Health to best protect patients and staff. As of Wednesday, January 5, 2022, no visitors will be allowed for most patients in the hospitals. This is a difficult decision but it is critical that our hospitals maintain capacity for ongoing care. We appreciate the community’s efforts to maintain safe practices and look forward to when we can again invite visitors back into the hospitals as safely as possible.
The community can help by using all tools available to prevent the spread of COVID: getting a vaccination and a booster when eligible, testing, isolating if positive or symptomatic, masking and distancing.