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Dear San Antonio Visitor:

Please accept our deep gratitude for your patience and understanding during this challenging time, particularly as healthcare resources are stretched and new visiting restrictions are implemented in the face of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases in the State of California and across our region. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has advised that the “Delta variant, which is very highly contagious and possibly more virulent, is currently the most common variant causing new infections in California.” The latest CDPH data shows that the COVID-19 case rate increased nine-fold within two months and is currently growing at the fastest rate experienced during the entire pandemic.  

CDPH also notes that “vaccination against COVID-19 is the most effective means of preventing further infections, transmission, and outbreaks.” Not only are those unvaccinated more likely to be infected and spread the virus, the vast majority of current hospitalizations and deaths are occurring among unvaccinated individuals.

Given increasing infection rates and the risks posed by unvaccinated individuals, particularly in the healthcare setting, CPDH issued an order effective August 11, 2021 outlining new requirements for hospital visitors. The specific requirements provided in this public health order are summarized here for you to review and share with family and friends who may wish to visit your loved one while he or she is a patient in our hospital.

San Antonio Regional Hospital’s response to COVID-19 has continued to evolve based on the recommendations received from the federal government, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of California, including the California Department of Public Health, and our local public health jurisdiction, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. We know the vital role loved ones play in our patients’ return to health and vitality, but as the COVID-19 outbreak continues, it is important that we follow the new order issued by CDPH, along with the extra steps we have taken to protect our patients, their families, our healthcare team, and the broader community.

Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated. Our goal is to protect you, your loved ones, and our healthcare team. If you have questions, please ask a member of our care team to contact the manager on your loved one’s nursing unit or in the outpatient department where your loved one is receiving services.

Thank you,

 

 

John T. Chapman
President and CEO