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Memorial and Mercy hospitals announce new visitor guidelines

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 17:51:45-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield Memorial and Mercy hospitals have both announced new visitor guidelines amid the coronavirus.


Dignity Health Memorial Hospital
Dignity Health Memorial Hospital announced that as of Monday, it is asking visitors to do the following:

  • If you are feeling sick (fever, sniffles, cough, respiratory symptoms and sneezing) please return home, unless seeking care.
  • Please leave children under the age of 18 at home, unless seeking care for them.
  • Children under the age of 18 will not be permitted in the Emergency Room unless they are seeking care.

Memorial also said its doors will open at 5 a.m. for patients with scheduled procedures only. Approved visitors will be allowed to enter the hospital from 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily. Visitors of non-isolation patients will be limited to two adult visitors per patient, per day.
Visitors of patients in isolation will be limited to one adult visitor per day and must wear personal protective equipment.

Two visitors per day will be allowed visitation to the Labor & Delivery Department and Family Care Units. After 6:30 p.m. visitation to maternity and family units will be limited to one person.

Visitors to pediatric units including the neonatal intensive care unit will be limited to parents-only with an arm band. Overnight visits should be limited to one parent. Parents exhibiting signs of illness such as fever, sniffles, cough, and respiratory symptoms and sneezing will not be permitted to visit.

Overnight stays with critical care and comfort care patients will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Adults exhibiting signs of illness such as fever, sniffles, cough, and respiratory symptoms and sneezing will not be permitted to visit.

Patients in the Emergency Department will be limited to one visitor per day.

Visitors who may be experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and/or nasal congestion, will be asked to visit on another day when you have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.


Bakersfield Mercy Hospital
Bakersfield Mercy Hospital announced that as of Monday, it is asking visitors to do the following:

  • If you are feeling sick (fever, sniffles, cough, respiratory symptoms and sneezing) please return home, unless seeking care.
  • Please leave children under the age of 18 at home, unless seeking care for them.
  • Children under the age of 18 will not be permitted in the Emergency Room unless they are seeking care.

Doors will open at 5 a.m. for patients with scheduled procedures only and those with scheduled procedures are limited to two adult visitors per day.

Approved visitors will be allowed to enter the hospital from 7 a.m. 7 p.m. daily. Visitors of non-isolation patients will be limited to two adult visitors per patient per day. One visitor will be allowed to stay with a patient overnight.

Two visitors per day will be allowed visitation to our Family Care Birth Center, only one visitor after 7:00 p.m. Visitors to the neonatal intensive care unit will be limited to parents only with an arm band.

Patients in the Emergency Department will be limited to one visitor per day. Visitors of patients in isolation will be limited to one adult visitor per day and must wear personal protective equipment. One visitor will be able to stay overnight per patient.

Visitors who may be experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and/or nasal congestion, will be asked to visit on another day when you have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.