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Banner Lassen Clarifies New COVID-19 Safety Measures for Visitors

Friday, August 13th, 2021

Banner Lassen has clarified that these new precautions include hospital visitors, but not those seeking care at the Lassen Medical Center.

Effective immediately, anyone who is visiting a hospitalized individual at the Lassen Medical Center in Susanville must provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the last 72-hours prior to entering the facility.

This news follows the California Department of Public Health’s announcement of requiring additional safety protocols aimed at rapidly reducing COVID-19 transmission in the state of California.

“Banner Health remains committed to keeping our team members safe and healthy so they can focus on providing the highest-quality care possible to our community,” said Marjorie Bessel, MD, Banner Health’s chief clinical officer. “This added safety measure is right in line with our mission as it serves as an additional layer of protection for our health care workers, patients and those visiting the hospital.”

As required by law in the state of California, anyone who is visiting with someone at Lassen Medical Center must now present their COVID-19 vaccination card, ensuring 2 weeks or more have passed since the last dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

If this is not available, visitors must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that has been conducted in the last 72 hours. Just recently, the state announced new measures to encourage employees and health care workers to get vaccinated. This new measure, however, now includes hospital visitors, but not those seeking care at Lassen Medical Center.

According to the recent release from the CDPH, these statewide facility-directed measures are “necessary to protect particularly vulnerable populations.” The release notes that hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities “serve uniquely vulnerable populations where COVID-19 outbreaks can have severe consequences including hospitalization, severe illness and death.”

Banner Lassen Medical Center is hopeful this new enactment will reduce the risk for exposure even further than before.

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