Community Medical Centers is closely monitoring the current COVID-19 surge which is primarily related to the “Delta” variant. This is a rapidly evolving situation. The risk may change daily. But as home to the Valley’s only Level 1 trauma center, our staff and physicians are highly trained and routinely prepare for situations like these. We partner with the Fresno County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other emergency responders and health agencies.
COVID-19 Dashboard Snapshot
Take a look at the impact COVID-19 is having on our hospital system. This dashboard is updated Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. Data includes:
- Positive COVID-19 inpatients: This number now includes resolved COVID-19 patients who are still in our care
- Rule-out COVID-19 inpatients: Patients suspected of having COVID-19, but not confirmed with test results yet
- Staff on self-isolation: Healthcare workers not able to work due to COVID-19 exposure. They have either tested positive or remain in self-isolation while awaiting test results
- Staff who are currently COVID-19 positive
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine at one of Community’s hospitals?
Yes, our vaccine clinic is open to the general public. Sign up through MyTurn and select Community Medical Centers as your location to make an appointment. For more information on the vaccine, please visit our COVID-19 vaccine FAQs.
Where can I get a COVID-19 test? Can I go to one of Community’s hospitals?
COVID-19 tests at local hospitals are not intended for the general public. The tests done at Community Regional and Clovis Community are reserved for patients and those with symptoms needing medical attention. If you think you may have been exposed or have mild symptoms, you’ll need to find a testing site and schedule a testing appointment. Testing sites are listed online at covid19.ca.gov/.
Are visitors allowed in your hospitals?
For the protection of patients and families, as well as our employees and physicians, effective immediately: No visitors are allowed at our hospitals with very few exceptions. Adult visitors (16 years of age and older) will only be allowed based on the exception list outlined below, and must stay in the room for the duration of the visit.
The exception list applies to visitors who pass our COVID-19 entrance screening, which includes providing documentation of COVID-19 vaccination status or negative COVID-19 test:
- Obstetric patients may have one asymptomatic support person accompany them.
- Nursery/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit patients may have two visitors, parent or guardian.
- Patients who are under the age of 18 may have two visitors, parent or guardian.
- Patients in the ICU (inclusive of COVID-19 patients) may have one visitor per day.
- Patients who are at the end-of-life may have two visitors.
- Patients who are being discharged may have two visitors to receive discharge instructions and teaching.
- Patients with physical, intellectual, developmental disabilities or cognitive impairments or their family/patient representative may designate two support people to be present at a time.
- Patients who don’t meet any of the criteria above and have been in the hospital more than 14 days will be allowed one visitor for one day every two weeks.
Visitors will not be allowed in rooms of COVID-19 suspected or positive patients with the exception of patients under the age of 18, patients in critical care, patients in labor and delivery, or patients at end-of-life.
Visitors who do not pass our COVID-19 entrance screening will not be able to visit family and friends in the hospital, even if they meet the above exceptions. Unit leadership will decide any exceptions to the above on a case-by-case basis for emergent situations.
These restrictions are subject to change.
Do visitors need to show proof of vaccination status?
Yes. In an ongoing effort to ensure patient safety and to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable individuals, California Department of Public Health is requiring acute care hospitals verify the vaccination status of acute care visitors, or obtain documentation of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test results of acute care visitors who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated.
Unit leadership will decide any exceptions to the above on a case-by-case basis for emergent situations.
Options for Providing Proof of Vaccination
Per the CDPH Guidance for Vaccine Records Guidelines & Standards, only the following may be used as proof of vaccination:
- COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date of last dose administered); OR
- a photo of a Vaccination Record Card as a separate document; OR
- a photo of the visitor’s Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or electronic device; OR
- documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider; OR
- digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type.
Visitors may access their digital vaccination record by using the CDPH Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record website.
Unvaccinated or Incompletely Vaccinated Visitors
Acute healthcare visitors that are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated must show documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test that occurred within 72 hours before each visit and for which the test results are available at the time of entry to the facility. Visitors may choose antigen or molecular (e.g., PCR) testing to satisfy the testing requirement. Antigen home tests are not accepted because there is no way to determine who took the test and when it was taken.
Visitors who are visiting a patient in critical condition, when death may be imminent, are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements; however, must be asymptomatic and comply with all infection control and prevention requirements.
Unit leadership will decide any exceptions to the above on a case-by-case basis for emergent situations.
Do vendors need to show proof of vaccination status?
Yes. In an effort to ensure a safe environment for all, and to adhere to the COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, Community Medical Centers has instituted a Vendor COVID-19 Policy.
Vendors are required to comply with health and safety procedures and agree to ensure that all persons performing work on its behalf on Community premises are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or will provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours preceding each entry to hospital premises.
An antigen or PCR test from a Community testing site or other approved testing site will be accepted. Testing sites can be found here.
Vendors are required to adhere to PPE requirements at all times regardless of vaccination status. Failure to comply with the policy will result in suspended access from Community campuses.
What is the coronavirus and the Delta variant, and how is it spread?
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly referred to as “coronavirus,” is a respiratory illness caused by a virus first identified in Wuhan, China. The virus is thought to spread from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much like a cold or flu.
In mid-2021, a variant of the virus called the Delta variant began to spread, becoming the dominant strain in the United States. The Delta variant is highly contagious — more than 2x as contagious as previous variants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Is anyone at higher risk of getting a serious case of coronavirus? How about the Delta variant?
Older people and people with severe chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, should take special precautions like limiting exposure to crowds.
Early studies suggest those who are unvaccinated may be at risk for more severe illness due to the Delta variant than with previous strains. Fully vaccinated people have also been infected with “breakthrough” cases via the Delta variant, though they appear to be infectious for a shorter period than unvaccinated people.
How do I avoid getting sick?
- Wear a mask, even if you’ve been vaccinated.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, cell phones and keyboards.
- Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care.
What symptoms will I have if I’m infected?
Most seem to experience a mild to severe respiratory illness, not unlike a cold. Common signs and symptoms of coronavirus include fever and symptoms of a lower respiratory illness like coughing or shortness of breath. It is possible for it to turn into pneumonia.
What do I do if I have those symptoms?
If your symptoms are not severe, stay home rather than go to the doctor’s office and risk spreading the virus to other people. If you are showing any of the symptoms, do not go to work and don’t travel. Instead, call ahead to your doctor’s office before you make an appointment to report:
- Your symptoms
- Recent travels
- Possible exposures
If you develop symptoms while at work, tell your manager and any HR representative immediately, then leave work if you are able and can travel safely without infecting others. Call your doctor as soon as possible.
Should I wear a mask and can I get masks and supplies from your hospitals?
Masks can help stop the spread of infection if a sick person wears it by containing respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Effective Aug. 6, 2021, we are requiring all patients and visitors be masked in all Community Medical Centers facilities. Patients with COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms will be provided a surgical mask; visitors with cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to visit family or friends in the hospital. Patients and visitors who are asymptomatic (producing or showing no symptoms) will be provided a surgical mask or N95 respirator. This may change as the situation develops.
Are your hospitals ready to handle this?
We are prepared with procedures in place to treat patients with coronavirus symptoms and to help protect our other patients and staff from the spread of the virus. We are also closely monitoring our supplies and coordinating with local, state and national public health agencies and healthcare providers to help ensure we’re doing everything possible to meet the needs of our patients and our community.
How can I donate?
If you or someone you know would like to donate items to help, please email CMCDonations@communitymedical.org or call the donation number at (559) 459-4040. If you’d like to make a monetary gift, call (559) 724-4343 or visit www.communitymedical.org/give.
What is social distancing?
According to the California Department of Public Health, social distancing is recommended to slow down the spread of contagious diseases like coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing means creating physical space between people. Avoiding things like mass gatherings and large groups of people can help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Social distancing can also mean closing buildings and canceling events. Doing these things has proven effective in prior pandemics at delaying rates of transmission and reducing illness and death.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends maintaining about 6 feet from others during this time. Not shaking hands and practicing proper hand hygiene are also really important steps to help stop the spread of the virus. Learn more ways to protect yourself and others against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Questions about pregnancy and coronavirus?
Visit the CDC's information page about pregnancy and coronavirus.