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Key Facts for Our Community
Starting March 19, 2020, at 8:00 PM,
no visitors will be allowed in any inpatient areas until further notice
with the exceptions below.
- Do not visit if you are experiencing mild flu-like symptoms such as cough or fever.
- All planned community events, lectures, classes and support groups are
canceled through April 30.
Off-Campus Lab Station
Torrance Memorial will be offering limited testing to
patients with a Torrance Memorial physician order and a scheduled appointment.
Patients without an order form from a Torrance Memorial physician and confirmed
appointment will not be tested at this location. To obtain a medical screening to determine if testing is required, please
contact your primary care provider. If patients have questions pertaining
to testing, they can call our COVID Health Line at 310-891-6717.
Torrance Memorial is following the CDC’s testing criteria and
will not test patients with mild symptoms, such as cough and fever. To determine who gets tested for the virus,
Torrance Memorial follows all CDC and Public Health guidelines, which
includes evaluating for relevant symptoms, travel history and potential exposure.
Travel History - from
geographic areas of active infection within the past 14 days requiring hospitalization
- Close contact with symptomatic persons returning from such areas or with
a person known to have COVID-19 requiring hospitalization
As things change, we will be sure to keep our staff, patients and community
updated. Please visit the
Los Angeles Department of Health and
CDC for recommendations for home isolation.
Update to Visitor Restrictions Policy
Effective March 19, 2020
Torrance Memorial’s top priority is to protect the health and well-being
of our patients, staff and physicians. In accordance with the CDC and
the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, we have updated our visitor
restriction policy in all patient care areas.
Starting March 19, 2020, at 8:00 PM,
no visitors will be allowed in any inpatient areas until further notice
with the exceptions below:
Pediatrics and NICU: One parent/guardian per patient will be allowed at a time after screening.
Labor and Delivery: One visitor per patient will be allowed at a time after screening.
Compassionate Care: Visitor permission may be allowed at the discretion of our care teams.
Limited to no more than two visitors at a time.
Surgery Waiting Areas:
- No visitors will be allowed in surgery waiting areas.
- One visitor per Emergency Department patient.
- These exceptions will allow the visitor to enter the facility, after screening,
and go to the patient’s bedside.
- No visitors are allowed to wait in the lobby or waiting rooms.
Hunt Cancer Center: At this time, only patients will be allowed into the Hunt Cancer Center.
Visitors will not be allowed at this time.
Outpatient Services (Imaging, Cardiology, Endoscopy, Infusion Center, Radiation
Oncology, Polak Imaging, Breast Diagnostic Center, etc.):
- One visitor/caregiver allowed to accompany the patient if the patient requires
Torrance Memorial Physician Network Offices:
Effective March 16, 2020, Torrance Memorial Physician Network offices are
limiting visitors in all patient areas to reduce the risk of spreading
infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and influenza. One person is allowed
to accompany each patient to an appointment, unless an aide or assistant
All Patients and Visitors:
- Starting March 20, 2020, any visitors who are allowed will be screened
for symptoms, travel and contact history, and temperature checked by our
staff at the door. Visitors who leave and come back will need to be re-screened.
- Visitors who are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever,
cough), travel history or close contact with symptomatic persons returning
from areas with high geographic infection will not be allowed and instructed
to return home.
- All visitors must be 12 years or older.
- All visitors will be provided a visitor sticker designated for that visit
and must be worn at all times.
- Any additional visitors will not be allowed into the facility to use the
lobby, waiting areas or cafeteria.
- Volunteer Escort Services will continue to provide wayfinding assistance.
- We encourage family, caregivers and friends to use alternative methods
of communications such as phone or video chat.
Medical Center Temporary Entrance Closures:
In order to best maintain restricted access to visitors, the following
measures will be implemented:
West Discharge entrance will be closed.
Patient discharge will be redirected to the
Lundquist Tower Main Lobby South Door.
- To coordinate patient pick-up, please call 310-325-9110 ext. 31800.
West Entry will be staffed by a screener and open Monday - Friday from 7 AM - 8 PM.
Outpatient Surgery West Entry (under the bridge) will be staffed by a screener and remain open Monday
- Friday from 5 AM - 5 PM.
West Tower will be by badge entry only.
We understand these restrictions will be difficult for patients and their
loved ones. Please know that this decision is to protect the ongoing wellness
of our patients, staff and our community.
Cancellation of Elective Surgeries and Procedures
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, elective surgeries, procedures at
Torrance Memorial will be postponed. This difficult decision was based
on recommendations from the American College of Surgeons and consulting
with the chiefs of surgery, OBGYN, anesthesia, senior management and other
We are committed to ensuring that all our patients have access to the care
they need as well as remaining committed to our community by ensuring
that our staff, supplies and resources remain available for the evolving
Clinical leadership and proceduralists will review scheduled procedures
and identify those that can be postponed while ensuring optimal patient
care. Proceduralists will connect with patients to advise them of these
changes and rationale for postponement.
We understand that this decision will cause inconvenience for our patients
and staff. Please be assured that we will be making every effort to reschedule
these surgeries and procedures as soon as possible. Urgent and emergent
procedures will continue as needed.
We anticipate that this policy will be in effect for at least the next
two weeks, but will be re-evaluated as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Non-Urgent and Screening Imaging Endoscopy and Cardiology Exams
Non-urgent, screenings and surveillance exams, such as mammography, CT
lung and bone density, will be rescheduled until after April 15. Exams
that are diagnostic or associated with a current treatment plan will continue
as scheduled. Clinical leadership will evaluate cases weekly. Outpatient
departments will notify patients affected by these changes.
General Campus Information
- Revive Café in the Specialty Center building will be closed effective
- Bottled water purchases in retail areas will be limited to 1 bottle per
person, per visit
- We will be decreasing number of tables in dining area to increase spacing
between seated customers
- Yang Café & Helena’s: In order to increase speed of service
and limit the number of customers waiting in line at the grill, we will
be closing “made to order” options.
Food Services Changes Temporarily Limit Outside Food Deliveries for Staff
- We are encouraging staff to restrict the use of all external catering,
including GrubHub, for meetings or personal meals and only use in-house
catering services (preferably, boxed meals). This will allow us to ensure
proper food preparation and safe food handling. We are restricting any
non-essential visitors access to patient areas, so all outside food deliveries
service must be retrieved by the ordering unit’s personnel in the
main lobby. Additionally, we are eliminating self-serve food options in
all cafeterias. This includes the salad bar, soup station and any other
self-serve, customer-handled food products.
Patient Food Services
Food Services Changes Temporarily Limit Outside Food for Patients
- To minimize the transmission of COVID-19 and potential food contamination,
we are not allowing patients to receive food from outside sources (e.g.
homemade or restaurant prepared food). Food services can be contacted
if special patient needs arise.
- Restricting bottled water delivery on the patient units to only those units
that do not have an ice & water dispenser. Patients will continue
to receive bottled water if ordered with their meals. We ask patients
not call Nutrition Services for individual waters at times other than
their meal delivery. Between meal water needs should be provided from
the patient nourishment rooms on the unit.
Valet: Until further notice, valet services in the main parking structure will
be suspended. Self-parking still available for patients.
Community Events, Lectures, Classes & Support Groups: All planned community events, lectures, classes and support groups are
canceled through April 30.
Vendors: Vendors who do not provide direct healthcare services to patients will
not be allowed to visit any clinical facility. Vendors who are engaged
in other activities are encouraged to meet with respective staff via telecommunication.
All vendors will be screened at designated entry points, including the
Gift Shop: The Auxiliary’s Gift Shop in Lundquist Tower will limit hours to
Monday-Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm, Sunday 12:00-4:00pm for the next two weeks.
Pet Visitation & Eucharistic Ministry: Pet Visitation and Eucharistic Ministry volunteer visits are suspended
until further notice.
Supporting Torrance Memorial
Over this last week, we have seen an outpouring of love and support from
our South Bay community. We have been working closely with our Supply
Chain Operations to ensure our staff have the necessary supplies and have
set up a donation page with accepted items and guidelines.
To make a donation of any kind, please visit
We are currently accepting the following items:
COVID-19 Relief Funds - This fund was created to provide additional resources to our patients
and to further support our staff and physicians.
Donation of Supplies - You can view our
supply donation guidelines here. Donations must be in unopened, original packaging and in accordance with
approved hospital standards. At this time, we are not accepting homemade supplies.
Offers of Support - For other offers of support such as food, we encourage you to use our
in-kind donation form and provide as much detail about your donation/offer
as possible. These submissions will be reviewed, and a member of the Torrance
Memorial Foundation will reach out to you.
We are forever thankful to our South Bay community for coming together
during these difficult times and are working hard to keep everyone safe
and healthy. Thank you from everyone here at Torrance Memorial.
How is Torrance Memorial Prepared?
Torrance Memorial is closely monitoring and responding to any new developments
received from the CDC and state and local health authorities. Our physicians,
nurses, infectious disease specialists, emergency room staff and administrators
have developed a hospital-wide plan that will be enacted if patient(s)
with symptoms present to the hospital.
Why is there a tent in front of the Emergency Department?
You may notice a tent outside the Torrance Memorial Lundquist Emergency
Department. This triage tent will provide additional capacity for a potential
increase in patient volume. They are key steps in our proactive planning
as testing of patients increases.
What is COVID-19?
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory
illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was
first identified at the end of 2019 during an investigation into an outbreak
of respiratory illness and pneumonia in Wuhan, China.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 experience mild to severe respiratory illness with
symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. At this time, there
are no anti-viral medications currently available to treat COVID-19. Your
healthcare provider may recommend rest, fluids and over-the-counter medicines.
How do people catch COVID-19?
The virus is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person
coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread when someone touches a contaminated
surface, such as a door handle.
What should I do if I have any of these symptoms?
Unless your symptoms are severe such as difficulty breathing and/or shortness
of breath, call your healthcare provider first, rather than showing up
in the office or emergency room. When you call or visit, be sure to note
your symptoms, and travel history or exposure to a person diagnosed with
the virus. People who are experiencing mild symptoms may not need to visit
their physician but rather stay home.
Does CDC recommend the use of facemask in the community to prevent COVID-19?
Health officials in the U.S. do not recommend the use of masks among the
general public because risk of infection is low and limited to close contacts
(e.g., husband and wife).
How can I protect myself?
The following tips will help to prevent COVID-19 as well as other respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are showing symptoms of illness.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue or sneeze into your elbow. Throw
the tissue in the garbage and make sure to clean your hands afterwards.
- Stay home when you are sick.
For more information about COVID-19, visit the following links:
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and LA County
Department of Public Health
Avoid misinformation by using reliable and up-to-date sources.