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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We must continue to be vigilant of restrictions and the safety measures in place, to continue going down the right path. AVMC encourages the community to get vaccinated, continue wearing face masks, washing your hands, staying socially distant, and following the City and County ordinances. Together we can continue minimizing the spread of this disease.

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.

Antelope Valley Medical Center is determined in using every resource available to provide proper care needed for our community and patients during this unprecedented time. In accordance with state and local guidelines AVMC has adopted the COVID-19 Crisis Care Guidelines.

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

What to Know When Visiting the Hospital

Visitor Guidelines

Updated: March 14, 2022 — Please check back often as information may change.

NEW requirements for visitors as ordered by the CA Dept of Public Health. Please review new policy prior to your visit.

Antelope Valley Medical Center understands the importance of patients having their support system close during a hospital stay. However, in order to keep visitors and staff safe, we have updated our visitor guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please review these guidelines prior to your visit.

Visitors will be allowed to see patients between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Effective August 11, 2021, Antelope Valley Medical Center MUST VERIFY either:

  1. Visitors are fully vaccinated; OR
  2. For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors, verified documentation of a negative SARS- CoV-2 test within 72-hours.

**Addendum made to Visitor Policy: August 11, 2021**

To ensure the safety of patients, hospital personnel and visitors, there are additional safety measures and guidelines that will remain in place. Hospital visitors will need to adhere to the visitation guidelines:

    • Patients may have up to 2 visitors in the patient room at any time, this also includes the Emergency Department.
    • Children visiting the hospital are required to be 16 years of age or older. Children less than 16 years of age will require hospital approval.
    • The same visiting hours will apply to our Women & Infants Pavilion, which includes Labor & Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), and Pediatric Unit. See below for specific unit guidelines.
    • Mental Health unit will resume visiting hours from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with one visitor per patient. No bags or purses will be permitted in this unit.
    • Surgery/Procedure 2 support persons are permitted.
    • COVID patient rooms & ICU patient rooms: Drinks, food, flowers, personal blankets and stuffed animals are not permitted at this time.

    The safety of our patients and staff are AVMC’s top priority, and as we start to reopen normal patient services, enhanced safety measures will remain in place to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

    Visitation Safety Measures

    • Temperature will be taken prior to entering the hospital. AVMC will restrict anyone showing signs of COVID, including cough and fever.
    • Visitors must check-in at the temperature monitoring stations located at the Main Hospital and Women & Infants Pavilion’s primary entrances.
    • Procedure (paper) face masks are required, and must be worn at all times while in the hospital. If you do not have a face mask, AVMC will provide one for you.
    • If visiting a COVID positive patient, additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be required and provided by the hospital. If preferred, AVMC will facilitate a ZOOM call for ICU and PCU remote visits.

    Women & Infants Pavilion Visitor Guidelines

    Regardless of age, all Women & Infants Pavilion (WIP) visitors MUST VERIFY either:

    1. Visitors are fully vaccinated; OR
    2. For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors, verified documentation of a negative SARS- CoV-2 test within 72-hours.

    WIP visiting hours will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    WIP sibling visiting hours are from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Siblings must be able to wear a mask during the duration of the visit (siblings must be 2+ years of age / maximum of 2 siblings at a time).

    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 .

    The WIP lobby is currently closed to visitors.

    Specific unit guidelines:

    Labor and Delivery will allow two support persons and there is no trading out of visitors.

    Antepartum patients: two support persons may visit at a time. One overnight guest is allowed during stay.

    Triage patients: One support person is allowed, until patient is admitted to hospital.

    Couplet Care/Postpartum will allow 2 visitors (significant other or support person) at a time. One support person over the age 18 years is allowed to stay overnight.

    NICU will allow 2 visitors (parent(s)/significant other or support person) at a time. There is no changing out of visitors/support persons without management permission due to the need to limit visitors in the unit for infant’s safety. Parents have 24-hour access to their baby. Specific NICU visiting rules will be given to parents if baby is born to COVID positive mother, and infant admitted to NICU.

    Pediatrics will allow 2 visitors (parent(s)/significant other or support person) at a time. Patients admitted to pediatrics will be given specific visiting guidelines by nurse. Parents have 24-hour access to their child.

    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 is provided to all emergency-care and pre-surgical patients. Anyone seeking testing should visit their primary care provider or seek testing sites near you from the Los Angeles County 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 Vaccinate LA County website.