Visitor Information & Policies
We are currently screening visitors at San Joaquin General Hospital to help keep the novel corona virus (COVID-19) out of the hospital. This comes by order of the California State Public Health Officer Order to protect our patients, staff and community.
Visitors Must Show Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test
In response to rising rates of COVID-19, the State of California’s Public Health Department has ordered new visitor requirements for hospitals.
As of January 7, 2022, All Visitors and vendors accessing San Joaquin General Hospital must have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose, if eligible. Any of the COVID vaccines authorized in the US may be used for the booster dose. Booster eligibility:
The Hospital will document and track verification for one of the following for each visitor of admitted patients allowed access to the facility, for each visit of the facility:
Proof of vaccination that we accept:
If you cannot find your proof of vaccination, the Sate Health Department's Vaccine Record portal
website may be helpful.
Types of negative COVID-19 test that we accept:
Visitors who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must show documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test, with the specimen collected within the previous (2) days or (1) day depending upon the type of of test (see details above). Those individuals may use either PCR or antigen testing.
Self-administered at home test kits do not meet the state requirement for purposes of visitation in the hospital.
San Joaquin County has an online resource for testing locations and information.
For patient drop-offs and discharges:
For patients being discharged or dropped off for procedures or admissions, if there is no proof of vaccination for visitors or rides, patients will be received at the front door for admission and brought outside for discharge.
New masking requirements also in effect:
Our masking requirements for visitors have also changed. Cloth masks are no longer allowed, and visitors are required to wear a hospital-grade mask provided upon entry to the hospital.
As always, visitors are required to wear the mask covering both their nose and mouth for the entire time and length of their visit.
The state of California only allows exemptions to the requirements above for visitors to:
For subsequent visits following the emergent situation and as soon as resonably possible, thesevisitors must comply with vaccine verification or applicable testing requirements within the previous (2) days or (1) day depending upon the type of of test (see details above).
Alternatives to In-Person Visiting
San Joaquin General Hospital can provide an iPad for a patient to video call loved ones (via Zoom or other digital platforms).
Thank You for understanding our visitation policies.
Our mutual goal is to ensure the best possible outcome for the people who are under our care.