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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thank You Team AVMC! Antelope Valley Medical Center extends our most sincere appreciation and gratitude to the frontline healthcare workers caring for our community.

We are finally seeing the light at the end of tunnel after three years of weathering through a pandemic. As a healthcare facility, we continue to be vigilant of restrictions and safety measures in order to continue going down the right path. Together we are minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Antelope Valley Medical Center stands committed to your health, and ensures the public that it is safe to come to the hospital. The pandemic has unfortunately caused many people to delay care, which in turn delays diagnosis and treatment for many patients. AVMC would like to remind the community that the hospital is open and safe during this time; if you require medical attention, please do not hesitate coming to the hospital.

What to Know When Visiting the Hospital

Visitor Guidelines

Updated: April 4, 2023 — Please check back often as information may change.

The hospital’s visitor policy has been updated in accordance with the California Department of Public Health. Please review these guidelines prior to your visit.

Visitors will be allowed to see patients between 8:00AM to 8:00PM, Monday through Sunday. Visiting hours apply to the Main Hospital. Please check below for specific visiting hours for the Women & Infants Pavilion.

Please review our Visitor Policy page for more details.

Visitation Safety Measures

The safety of our patients and staff are AVMC’s top priority, although the pandemic is over, COVID cases are still being seen. To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, enhanced safety measures will remain in place.

  • Although masks are no longer required, masking remains strongly recommended.
  • If visiting an isolation patient, additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be required and provided by the hospital. Please see the patient's nurse for further guidance. If preferred, AVMC will facilitate a ZOOM call for ICU and PCU remote visits.
  • Proof of vaccination status or negative COVID test are no longer required. However, CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Visitors showing any respiratory symptoms (i.e. cough, fever, runny nose, and/or sore throat) should wear a mask and in some cases may be restricted from visiting.
  • Visitors need to go directly to the patient room and must wear a current room-specific ID badge issued by Security, visible on their upper chest, at all times. Please do not wander the hallways.
  • Isolation patient rooms & ICU patient rooms: Drinks, food, flowers, personal blankets and stuffed animals are not permitted at this time.

Women & Infants Pavilion Visitor Guidelines

  • Mothers who are COVID positive can have visitors. Visitors will be given specific visiting guidelines and PPE (personal protective equipment) by a nurse. The visitor must wear a surgical gown and N95 at all times while in the patient's room.
  • All visitors must wear a current room-specific ID badge issued by Security, visible on their upper chest, at all times in the WIP.
  • Visitors may not wear scrubs due to infant security.
  • Anyone who is sick or has symptoms of a respiratory infection may not visit.
  • Siblings must be 2+ years of age / maximum of 2 siblings at a time.
  • When flu restrictions are in effect, no one under the age of 16 years old may visit.
Women & Infants Pavilion specific unit guidelines:

Triage: One (1) designated visitor per patient. No changing of visitors allowed after visitor is designated.

Labor & Delivery: Once admitted to labor, three (3) designated visitors per patient allowed. No changing of visitors allowed, once visitors are designated.

Antepartum/Couplet Care: Visiting hours 10am-8pm. A total of four (4) visitors allowed per patient at a time. Visitors must be at least 16 years of age or a sibling of the newborn. Siblings may visit when accompanied by an adult. One adult visitor (18 years or older) will be allowed to stay overnight. May change out visitors.

Pediatrics: Visiting hours 10am-8pm. Parents have 24-hour access to their children. Three (3) visitors allowed per patient at a time. One adult visitor will be allowed to stay overnight. Healthy siblings may visit for brief periods of time during regular visiting hours.

NICU: Visiting hours 10am-6:30pm. Two (2) visitors allowed per patient at a time. Parents have 24-hour access to their baby. Four (4) other support persons may be named and visit during NICU visiting hours. Healthy siblings allowed to visit, during regular visiting hours if accompanied by adult. If support persons are grandparents, they may visit by themselves with parents’ permission. All other visitors / support persons must be with mom or dad.

AVMC appreciates the public’s understanding, as we balance our patients’ needs for emotional support, and the need to stop the spread of infection. Please call the hospital at (661) 949-5000 to inquire about a patient.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing may be required for certain patients (i.e. emergency care, admissions, surgical care) which will be provided by AVMC. Anyone seeking testing should visit their primary care provider, use an at-home test, or seek testing sites near you from the California For All website.

Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record

To obtain a QR code and digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record, please visit the California Department of Public Health vaccine record portal.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

To schedule an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination, please go to the County of LA Public Health website to find a location near you.