Last updated March 31, 2020
Loma Linda University Health remains dedicated to the safety and health of all students, employees, patients and the community, particularly as the organization monitors the growing spread of the COVID-19 virus domestically and internationally. Loma Linda University Health continues to respond to the rapidly developing situation to minimize the potential impact of the virus spread, and measures have been put into place across the organization.
Visitor restrictions: For the safety of our patients and staff, we will no longer be allowing visitors in any of our adult hospitals effective March 20. Humanitarian exceptions will be allowed and will be determined by the charge nurse of the respective unit.
Children’s Hospital will follow the guidelines that they have put in place, which allow two approved visitors per patient, although they may only rotate once every 24 hours and cannot be in the facility at the same time.
All visitors are being screened for symptoms upon entry to all LLUH hospitals and clinics.
Elective surgeries and in-clinic visits: As of March 13, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Surgeons and the Surgeon General have urged hospitals and healthcare systems to consider suspending elective surgical procedures.
Loma Linda University Health has also chosen to take further action to ensure the safety of our patients, employees and community. Through this effort, we are working to limit the potential exposure and spread of COVID-19 and prepare for the possible rapid increase in critical patient care needs.
We are taking the following actions effective Tuesday, March 17:
- All elective, non-urgent procedures are being canceled and rescheduled for a later date.
- Many clinic visits are being converted to telephone or video visits across all specialties.
- Loma Linda University School of Dentistry’s clinics are providing limited and emergency coverage only.
Our clinicians will be working to determine the best treatment plan for each patient. Loma Linda University Health will begin calling patients to cancel or reschedule them immediately. Please note, these changes do not apply to Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta.
Canceled events: All scheduled conferences and events that bring groups of individuals from outside the organization to all Loma Linda University Health locations are canceled or postponed until June 1.
University classes go online: For spring quarter, all didactic courses will be taught online using Canvas and/or Zoom. This will remain in effect for the full quarter. All university offices and services will remain open; however, we are strongly encouraging social distancing practices.