State tightens hospital visitor rules due to COVID surge

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By Todd R. Hansen McNaughton Media Visitors to hospitals in Yolo County – or anywhere in California – must show proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative coronavirus test within the prior 72 hours. The requirements are due to a recently issued order by the state Department of Public Health. Fully vaccinated means at least two weeks after the final dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines have been injected, or two weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies vaccine. “The COVID-19 pandemic remains a significant challenge in California. At Kaiser Permanente, we are seeing increasing infections and hospitalizations. Our doctors and care teams are concerned about your health and the health of our vulnerable patients,” the health group said in a statement. A list of forms for proof of vaccination are available at https://tinyurl.com/cvmfwfvm. “If you are not yet vaccinated, you are required to show documented proof of an authorized (not home-kit) negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the visit to the hospital,” Kaiser included in its statement. The requirements also apply to other medical facilities, whether inpatient or outpatient. There are some exemptions outlined by the state. The order was issued Wednesday, Aug 11.

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