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.