Effective immediately, all visitors requesting entry into Lompoc Valley Medical Center and Comprehensive Care Center facilities must show proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of requested entry.

Patients, however, can seek treatment regardless of vaccination status. 

There are limited exceptions to the rule, hospital officials said, such as those visiting a patient in critical condition when death may be imminent. 

Visitors may show a legal vaccine record record card in paper, photographic or digital form.

On-site rapid COVID-19 tests will be offered to visitors who do not have proof of vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID test. The turnaround time for the rapid test is approximately 15 minutes, officials said.

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All people entering LVMC or the Comprehensive Care Center must wear a medical-grade mask at all times while on the property.

For ongoing updates, visit lompocvmc.com.

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Lisa André covers lifestyles and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record.