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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As we continue through this pandemic together, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) would especially like to extend our most sincere appreciation and gratitude to the frontline healthcare workers caring for our community members battling this disease. Thank you AVH Heroes.

We encourage everyone to continue wearing your masks, washing your hands, staying socially distant, and following the City ordinances. Together we can help minimize the spread of this disease.

Coronavirus Crisis Care Guidelines

What to Know When Visiting the Hospital

Visitor Guidelines

Updated: March 5, 2021 — Please check back often as information may change.

Antelope Valley Hospital understands the importance of patients having their support system close during a hospital stay. For this reason and in consideration of low infection rates, AVH is pleased to announce that it will welcome back visitors starting Monday March 8, 2021. Visitors will be allowed to see patients between 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

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

  • Patients may have up to 2 visitors in the patient room at one time, this will include patients in 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.
  • Food and flowers will not be permitted in the hospital at this time.

The safety of our patients and staff are AVH’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. AVH 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.
  • Paper face masks are required and must be worn at all times while in the hospital. No cloth face masks will be permitted; AVH will provide visitors with paper face masks.
  • If visiting a COVID positive patient, additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be required and provided by the hospital. If preferred, AVH will facilitate a ZOOM call for ICU and PCU remote visits.

Women & Infants Pavilion Visitor Guidelines

The same safety and visitation guidelines as the Main Hospital will apply to the Women & Infants Pavilion (WIP). Visiting hours will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for visitors 16 years and greater.

Specific unit guidelines:

Labor and Deliver will allow two support persons over the age of 16 years present during labor and delivery. Antepartum patients: are allowed one overnight guest during stay. Triage patients: No visitors allowed until patient is admitted.

Couplet Care will allow one support person over the age 16 years to stay overnight. Only 2 visitors at patient’s bedside at a time during visiting hours.

NICU will allow 2 visitors (parents or parent and significant other) during the infant’s hospital stay. Parents/significant will be allowed visit at the same time. Infants admitted to NICU will be given specific visiting guidelines by nurse.

Pediatrics will allow parents or designee during hospital stay. Patients admitted to pediatrics will be given specific visiting guidelines by nurse.

AVH 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 guidelines from the Los Angeles County website.

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