Banner Lassen Medical Center now requires additional COVID-19 safety measures for visitors

Banner Lassen Medical Center announces new visiting requirements at Susanville’s hospital.

According to a statement from BLMC, effective Wednesday, Aug. 11, all visitors entering 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.”

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As required by law in the state of California, effective Wed. Aug. 11, 2021, anyone entering Lassen Medical Center must 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.

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.