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Visiting Guidelines

Sierra View Medical Center is working around the clock to stay on top of the evolving COVID-19 situation to ensure both excellent patient care as well as family and visitor safety.

Visitor Restriction Guidelines

SVMC continues adjusting in-person visitor guidelines, as possible, in alignment with guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and recommendations from Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (TCHHSA). Please review updates as follows:

As of May 1st, 2021: One (1) unique in-person visitor (support person) per patient is allowed for patients admitted at the Emergency Department. This applies only to:

  • Emergency Department Patients

As of March 29, 2021: Two (2) in-person visitors (support persons) per patient are allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in most areas of the SVMC campus.

Visitors do NOT need to be designated by the patient. If there are more than two visitors, the most recent to arrive will be asked to leave the facility. Visitor age restrictions will also change from age 18 and over to 13 years of age and up.

This applies to:

  • Pediatric Patients
  • Patients at End-of-Life: (Patients must have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and must not be in the process of being tested (Suspect) for COVID-19.)
  • Patients with Physical, Intellectual, and/or Developmental Disabilities and Patients Cognitive Impairments
  • Med/Surg, ICU and Telemetry Patients: (Patients must have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and must not be in the process of being tested (Suspect) for COVID-19.)
  • Maternal Child Health (Labor & Delivery) Patients: Up to two support persons (visitors) will be allowed to visit patients in the Maternal Child Health Department.

Additional guidance for all other areas of the SVMC campus and details, please view the guidelines and visitation rules here.

Questions? Please call 559-784-1110 or email

Masking Guidelines for Patients

According to recent CDC guidelines, universal source control methods should be deployed. This plan includes masking all visitors and patients, with the exception of those under 2 years of age, those with difficulty breathing, those who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

For full details regarding masking for patients and visitors, please find the guidelines here.

To ensure a safe and comfortable environment for Sierra View Medical Center patients and guests, please be courteous of others and adhere to the following Behavior Guidelines:

  • Allowed visitors will not interfere with the activities of any employee(s).
  • Allowed visitors must behave in a quiet and calm manner.
  • Allowed visitors will remain at the designated patient's bedside or in authorized waiting areas only.
  • Allowed visitors who do not comply with hospital policy will be asked to leave.

Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus

As a local hospital committed to the health and wellness of our community, Sierra View Medical Center is also committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for our patients, guests, volunteers and employees. We provide this for our community by ensuring our campus is tobacco and smoke-free.

As determined by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease, stroke and lung cancer among other health issues. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined cigarette smoking to be the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

To help prevent the dangers of smoking and the risks that come with second-hand smoking, Sierra View Medical Center prohibits the act of smoking anywhere on hospital property. This also restricts patients, guests, volunteers and employees from leaving the hospital to smoke on Sierra View grounds. It is the hope of Sierra View Medical Staff that these efforts will help ensure the safety of patients, guests and employees by providing a smoke-free and tobacco-free environment.

Visiting Hours & Restrictions

Please Call Ahead

Please call ahead to inquire about possible visitation if you have been granted visiting privileges. The phone number to call 559-784-1110.

Food & Drinks

Please check with a patient's nurse before bringing in food or drinks. Patients often need special diets as part of their care. Once food is taken into a patient's room, it cannot be placed in a hospital refrigerator.

Eating is not allowed in the patient care areas. The only exception is with the support person in the Family Birthing Center.

The hospital's café serves meals daily and vending machines are also available. Eating is allowed only in the café or patio areas.