Valley Children's Visitor Policy

Valley Children’s is committed to keeping our patients, families and healthcare providers as safe as possible from the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). In order to keep our patients, families and healthcare providers as safe as possible from the spread of respiratory viruses, additional screening precautions and visitor restrictions are in place.

These changes are prompted by our commitment to patient and family-centered care and implemented with confidence that we can continue our emphasis on the safety of our patients, families and each other. Safety measures in place include improved air handling/ventilation, staff and visitor screening, continued staff vaccinations and adequate PPE supplies. 

Valley Children's Hospital

Valley Children’s Hospital allows two parents/direct caregivers per patient (including COVID+ patients) during their inpatient hospital stay, along with visits to outpatient (specialty and primary care), laboratory and imaging appointments. Additional family members and friends will be allowed to visit, though these additional visitors must provide proof they are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and still pass a general health screening at entrances. This includes children 5 years of age and older.

"Up to date" means a person has received their full series of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or single J&J dose - and at least one booster dose, if eligible. Options for providing proof of vaccination:

  • Physical copy of vaccine card
  • Photo of vaccine card
  • Digital copy of vaccine record. California residents can visit the State Department of Public Health’s Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal and enter details to access a digital copy.

Parents/guardians of admitted patients are not required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. If they would like to receive the vaccine or a test, we will arrange that in their child’s room.

Valley Children's Specialty Care Centers and Primary Care Practices

Two parents/caregivers may accompany a child to appointments in our specialty or primary care practices. We encourage parents/caregivers to secure arrangements for siblings, when possible, as space is very limited in waiting areas. 

Emergency Department

At this time, visitors to the Emergency Department will be limited to one parent/guardian or direct caregiver of patients. When a patient is placed into a room, a second parent/guardian will be allowed to enter. Other visitors and non-essential vendors will not be allowed to enter.

Screenings and Mask Policy

Patients and parents/guardians are screened at all entrances – in all Valley Children’s facilities - with questions regarding health and a temperature check. Valley Children’s also requires all visitors to wear a mask in every location, at all times. (The only exception is inpatient units of the Madera Hospital campus when a parent/guardian is in their child’s room. Adults must put masks back on every time a Valley Children’s team member is present.) In addition, everyone entering Valley Children’s Hospital must wear the surgical masks provided at screening.

Vendor Guidelines

All vendors entering Valley Children’s Hospital are required to be fully vaccinated and must be prepared to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to security upon entry. No exemptions are accepted.  

Additionally, vaccines are mandatory for all Valley Children’s employees and staff. For those with an approved medical or religious exemption, twice-weekly COVID testing is required.