We are Safer Together
Thanks to our South Bay community for doing your part. Your efforts have
made it possible for us to take the next steps back to health and wellness.
Getting the care you need when you need it is essential. Timely treatments,
testing and in-person visits offer the highest level of care and success.
Don't put your health on hold. Your safety and well-being are our top
priority at all times. Call your doctors and follow up on your regular
screenings and treatments.
How We Are Keeping You Safe
Mandatory Daily Screening and Temperature Checks – Every person who enters our facility goes through a daily screening
and temperature check.
Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Each staff member on a patient’s care team has the proper PPE
to ensure patient and staff safety. We have ample supply of all the necessary
PPE required for any medical or surgical need.
Isolation of COVID Patients – We have implemented strict isolation practices to separate COVID-19
patients from other patients in our care.
Extensive Training - Our physicians, nurses and ancillary care team members have clinical
training and experience in infectious disease prevention and follow strict
protocols for maintaining a safe patient environment.
No Visitor Policy – In accordance with CDC guidelines to protect our patients and staff,
no visitors will be allowed in any inpatient areas until further notice
with the exceptions below:
Pediatrics and NICU: Both parents allowed after screening.
Labor and Delivery: One visitor per patient at a time will be allowed after screening.
Compassionate Care: Visitors may be allowed at the discretion of our care teams. Limited
to no more than two visitors at a time.
Infection Prevention Distancing – We have implemented many physical distancing measures throughout
the hospital and our physician offices.
Cleaning and Maintenance – Torrance Memorial follows CDC protocols for cleaning and disinfecting
all patient and treatment areas. Rooms are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected
The Torrance Memorial Infection Prevention Department can be reached at
An Important Message from Emergency Physician, Dr. Gray
Elective Surgeries and Screening Exams
Through careful planning and guidance from our infectious disease specialists
and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Torrance Memorial is
planning to expand the number of surgical patients starting the week of May 4.
Proceduralists across many departments including the operating room, GI
lab, cath lab, bronchoscopy suite and interventional radiology are reviewing
their backlog of cases to identify the most urgent cases for rescheduling
in the coming weeks. To support these cases, we will also begin to expand
ancillary services, such as laboratory and imaging (MRI, CT, ultrasound
It is very important to us that all patients feel comfortable and safe
while accessing the health services and care Torrance Memorial provides.
We will continue with all the safety measures implemented over the past
several weeks. Additional steps to ensure patient safety include testing
patients for COVID prior to surgery and infectious prevention distancing
will be added to our patient care protocols.
Is Torrance Memorial Testing for COVID-19?
If you suspect you may have COVID-19, please contact your primary care
provider who will determine if you should be tested. If you do not have
a primary care provider, please visit one of our
Torrance Memorial Urgent Cares. You also can call our COVID Health Line at (310) 891-6717.
The Torrance Memorial Emergency Department will not be testing general
asymptomatic patients or patients with mild symptoms such as a cough or
fever. Asymptomatic testing is generally part of a larger public health
initiative led by government agencies, such as the Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health, to help monitor the spread of COVID-19.
Torrance Memorial does not provide COVID testing for patients who:
- Must provide proof of testing to an employer, summer camp, daycare, etc.,
for themselves or their family members.
- Require proof of a negative COVID-19 when traveling to another state.
- Seek “clearance” to travel, visit relatives or participate
in activities that do not allow for physical distancing and proper masking.
Torrance Memorial will provide COVID testing for patients who:
- Are preparing for a scheduled procedure at Torrance Memorial.
- Have an order from a Torrance Memorial Physician Network provider.
If you do not meet the testing criteria, free testing is available through
the LA County Department of Public Health and select CVS locations at
Should I Be Tested for Antibodies?