Visitation Guidelines

To ensure patient and staff safety, Adventist Health Kern County Hospitals will not allow children under the age of 14 to visit during the flu season from October 1 – April 1.

In response to the evolving community restrictions related to COVID-19, our hospital visitor policy is being modified to expand visitor access and create a more patient and family-centered healing environment.


In the hospital, visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

  • Visitors are no longer required to be tested for COVID-19 or show proof of vaccination to visit patients.
  • Self-Screening: DO NOT ENTER if you have any of the following:
    • Confirmed COVID-19 infection, or other respiratory infections
    • Close contact with someone with COVID-19 or respiratory infection in the last 14 days, or any of the following symptoms:
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
    • Masking: A well-fitted face mask is required upon entry and at all times within the facility. Mask must cover nose, mouth, and chin at all times. Exceptions: When eating or drinking.
    • Each patient will be allowed two visitors at a time.
    • Special Circumstances - Under special circumstances and by approval of the House Supervisor or Administration, exceptions can be made.
    • Maternal Child Care Unit & NICU
      • Limited to 2 designated visitors per patient stay.
      • Doula is allowed in addition to visitors when prior arrangements have been made with the hospital.
    Visitor Restrictions for patients who are on Isolation Precautions
    • Patients who are on Isolation Precautions, including COVID-19 patients, are limited to 2 visitors per patient stay.
    • Visitors will follow isolation precautions posted outside the patient room.
    Visiting hours do not apply to the emergency department; however, patients are limited to one visitor.