Scheduling & Visitor Restrictions

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a state mandated public health order regarding visitation within all hospitals in California.

Effective Tuesday, February 8, 2022, all visitors must show proof of being fully vaccinated or provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours or a negative antigen test within 24 hours of entering our facility.

For visitors who return for multiple consecutive days to visit, proof of a negative test will be required every third day.

If you are Vaccinated and Boosted you must provide documentation of vaccination which includes:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered); OR
  • a photo of a Vaccination Record Card as a separate document; OR
  • a photo of the client's Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or electronic device,
  • documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider; OR
  • digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type.

If you are Unvaccinated OR Not Yet Boosted you must provide documentation including:

  • A negative COVID test where the specimen collection occurred within 2 days if using PCR or 1 day if using antigen testing before each visit and for which the test results are available at the time of entry to the facility.
  • Visitors with history of COVID-19 within the prior 90 days may provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 and release from isolation in lieu of testing.

Visitors of end-of-life patients are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements. In emergent situations, the following are also exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements:

  • Parents or guardians visiting pediatric patients
  • A support person for a labor and delivery patient
  • A support person(s) for a patient with physical, intellectual, developmental disability, or cognitive impairment

However, these visitors must comply with the vaccine verification or testing requirement for subsequent visits following the emergent situation. They must do so as soon as reasonably possible thereafter, but no longer than 72 hours after the emergency.

Hospital approved masks are still required for all visitors.

This state order is in keeping with our commitment to providing a safe environment for our patients, visitors, employees and the people of the communities we serve.

Thank you for entrusting us with your healthcare needs. We wish you all the best on your path to continued health.

Visitation Policy

  • Patient visitation hours: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, 7 days per week.
  • Number of visitors allowed: ONE per patient. All visitors are asked to report directly to the patient’s room unless visiting the cafeteria.
  • Screening: All visitors must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination (booster not required), or proof of negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of visitation; additionally, visitors must be asymptomatic and without fever.
  • Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the unit nursing director or the house supervisor if the department director is not available. Exceptions may include visitors for pediatrics, labor and delivery, patients with a physical or developmental disability, or patients with a critical illness.
  • Restrictions for Visiting COVID-19 Positive Patients: Due to the transmittable nature of COVID-19, no visitors will be allowed for COVID-19 positive patients. Arrangements may be made with nursing staff for scheduled phone/video contact time.
  • Face Masks: Visitors must wear a standard hospital-grade facemask in all areas of the hospital; facemasks will be made available to visitors if needed.
  • Hand Hygiene: Visitors must perform hand hygiene upon hospital entry and upon leaving the patient room.

Visitor policy may change at any time without prior notice. Fountain Valley Regional Hospital reserves the right to make exceptions to the visitor policy under special circumstances. Visitors may be asked to leave the facility if they are not following the above policy or are not complying with general hospital visitation policy.

These measures will be in effect until we are advised by the CDC or the Orange County Health Care Agency that it is safe to return to normal visiting practices.

We cannot give you medical advice via phone or e-mail. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, contact your physician or other healthcare professional and self-quarantine. In the case of a medical emergency, such as difficulty breathing, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

We appreciate your support and understanding during this time.

An exception to any limited visitation policy at the hospital is patients with disabilities who require support from family members or staff in order for them to effectively communicate with medical personnel or otherwise receive equal access to medical treatment.