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Published on March 20, 2020

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula increases visitor restrictions to protect patients, staff from risk of coronavirus (COVID-19)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Monica Sciuto (831) 622-2756
Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505

Monterey, Calif.  Beginning today, (Friday, March 20) Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is limiting the number of visitors per patient to one in order to reduce the transmission of respiratory illness such as flu and COVID-19 to patients and staff.  

Earlier this week, Community Hospital began limiting the number of visitors to two, but to further reduce the chances of exposure is putting the lower limit in place.

Here is a summary of visitor policies:

  • Check-in is required at the front entrance. People going to inpatient areas will be issued a temporary identification sticker
  • Patients are permitted only one visitor
  • Visitors must be 14 years of age or older
  • No respiratory-illness symptoms
  • No known or suspected exposure to a person with COVID-19
  • No travel to an area considered high-risk for COVID-19

People with chronic disease or who are over the age of 65 are discouraged from visiting the hospital.

Hospitals around the county are implementing similar restrictions as we all work to control the spread of illness. We appreciate the public’s understanding of these changes as we seek to keep the community safe. Visit www.chomp.org/coronavirusfor more information.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. Its parent company is Montage Health, the umbrella for entities that work together to deliver exceptional care and inspire the pursuit of optimal health. Community Hospital is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 204 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility (Westland House), Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Centers, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at chomp.org

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