From a subscriber:
Mark, FYI. So, in California now, I am not able to visit my wife in a hospital or visit a parent in a retirement care home without a vaccine or test. Unbelievable. I hope we are able to vote our governor out on Sept. 14.
From: Sutter Health <>
Sent: Mon, Aug 9, 2021 6:45 pm
Subject: Updated Hospital Visitor Policy and Employee Vaccination Policy
We’re complying with updated state health orders. Updated Visitor Policy
As of Wednesday, August 11, a health order from the state of California requires hospital visitors to provide proof they’re fully vaccinated or had a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours in order to enter our hospitals to visit/accompany a patient.
This policy includes partners or support persons for laboring patients. Please plan accordingly if you’re expecting a baby.
While the order includes ICU and emergency departments, limited exceptions are allowed for visits related to end-of-life, guardians accompanying minors or those support persons determined to be essential to facilitating care.
Review our updated hospital visitor policy for more information
Healthcare Personnel Vaccination
At Sutter, our first priority remains doing our best to protect the health of our patients, providers and employees. Which is why last Wednesday, we announced that by the end of September, all personnel in our facilities are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (with limited legal exceptions). Late last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) also announced a statewide health order that requires all healthcare personnel to be vaccinated by September 30.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is still the most effective way to prevent serious illness and death from the virus, especially while the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread rapidly in our communities.You may have seen recent news coverage about fully vaccinated people becoming infected with COVID-19. While rare, these cases are not unexpected with any vaccine, and it’s important to know that according to recent CDC data, 99.99% of those breakthrough cases did not result in hospitalization or death. Anyone over age 12 can get vaccinated.Make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.We appreciate your understanding and support as we implement our policies and these new state requirements, and appreciate the opportunity to continue providing safe, compassionate care to you and your family. © 2021 Sutter Health All rights reserved.