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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Although we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, we must continue to be vigilant of restrictions and the safety measures in place, to continue going down the right path. AVH encourages the community to 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 Hospital 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. AVH 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 Hospital 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 AVH has adopted the COVID-19 Crisis Care Guidelines.

Thank You Team AVH! Antelope Valley Hospital 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: May 17, 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.

Visitors will be allowed to see patients between 8:00 a.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.
  • Food and flowers will not be permitted in the hospital at this time.
  • 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 one support person is permitted.

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.
  • All types of face masks are permitted, and must be worn at all times while in the hospital. If you do not have a face mask, AVH 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, 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 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday 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: One support person is allowed.

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. One (1) support person with parent will be permitted.

Pediatrics will allow parents or designee during hospital stay. Patients admitted to pediatrics will be given specific visiting guidelines by nurse. One (1) sibling (brother/sister) accompanied by an adult is permitted; the child must be 2+ years of age and must be able to wear a mask for the duration of the visit.

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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