Loma Linda University Health responds to COVID-19

A screening tent is put up to test patients who may be having symptoms of COVID-19 at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta, March 20. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

Visitor restrictions, canceled events, online classes and additional measures in effect to mitigate spread of infection

LOMA LINDA – Loma Linda University Health continued to respond to the rapidly developing situation with the coronavirus to minimize the potential impact of the virus spread, and measures have been put into place across the organization. Loma Linda University Health officials remained 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.

The university enacted visitor restrictions.

To protect the health of patients, employees and guests, Loma Linda University Health took extra precautions to limit visitors within their hospitals and clinics effective immediately. They amended current visitation policies to restrict the number of visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic to one visitor per patient.

Without exception, a visitor may enter the hospital or clinics only if they do not have symptoms of respiratory infection – including fever, runny nose, cough and shortness of breath. Visitors will not be allowed under any circumstance if they have a pending or positive COVID-19 test. Additionally, no one under the age of 18 will be permitted.

Elective surgeries and in-clinic visits are suspended.

As of March 13, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Surgeons and the Surgeon General have urged hospitals and health care systems to consider suspending elective surgical procedures.

Loma Linda University Health took action to ensure the safety of patients, employees and community, working to limit the potential exposure and spread of COVID-19 and preparing for the possible rapid increase in critical patient care needs.

The following actions are in effect as of 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 and Loma Linda University School of Dentistry’s clinics are providing limited and emergency coverage only.

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.

The university canceled all nonessential 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 further notice.

University Classes are going online. For the first four weeks of the spring quarter, all didactic courses will be taught online using Canvas or Zoom. This practice will remain in effect through at least May 1. All university offices and services will remain open; however, the university strongly encouraged social distancing practices.

For questions regarding upcoming appointments or other information about COVID-19, visit https://murrieta.lluh.org/ or call (909) 558-5545.

Submitted by Loma Linda University Health.