At Adventist Health, our highest priority is the care and safety of our patients and staff. We have highly trained infection prevention practitioners who closely follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the public health department. We closely monitor patient infection rates and follow national best practices to prevent the spread of disease. We are emphasizing fundamental infection prevention measures such as hand washing for staff and visitors.

At Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley, we are emphasizing fundamental infection prevention measures such as hand washing for associates and visitors, isolating infectious patients as appropriate and providing personal protective equipment (such as masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection) for associates and visitors if needed. We also follow new or additional prevention measures, issued by the CDC. We are collaborating daily with our local health department to ensure the community’s safety.

Cancellation of events

We are postponing large community events such as health fairs, community forums and foundation galas; cancelling all community meetings hosted on our campuses until further notice; and limiting non-essential access to our hospital to protect public health.

These measures are designed to reduce the spread of potential disease through social distancing. Our clinicians are evaluating the situation daily, and this policy will remain in place until it is determined that we can return to a normal operating environment.

Harold Pierce is the communication manager for Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley.