Alvarado Hospital has modified its visitation policies in compliance with the order of the Health Officer of The County of San Diego, with the aim of safeguarding the public and its staff against the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and other infectious diseases. “It’s only prudent that we do this,” states Alfred Joshua, regional Chief Medical Officer of Prime Healthcare. “As stewards of public health, we at Prime Healthcare are responsible for ensuring the safest environment possible for our patients and our staff.”
At this time Alvarado Hospital is not accepting any visitors. There is one exception:
- Patients who may be in a very critical or life-threatening condition will be allowed visitors. If this is the case, visitors must contact the charge nurse of the patient’s unit before they will be alowed to enter. Call the main switchboard at (619) 287-3270.
As an alternative to visiting a patient in person, visitors are invited instead to call in-house patients directly to their room telephones, or to the patient’s mobile phone.
“It’s our hope that members of the public understand that we are taking these steps with their health, the health of our staff, and the safety of our community in mind,” says Dr. Joshua. “We realize that it’s already upsetting that your loved one is hospitalized. But these are unusual circumstances we are in as a community and a country, and we have to respond with unusual measures.”
In addition, it bears repeating that the most effective thing that everyone can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19 is to wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and frequently, and avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth, and nose. If you feel ill, self-isolate; and it is suggested that everyone avoid large public gatherings or areas where you are not able to keep at least six feet away from another person. The bottom line is, if you feel ill, stay home. If your symptoms become more severe, to the point where you are suffering acute pain, nausea, confusion, loss of consciousness, or persistent high fever, then seek medical help immediately.