Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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What Patients Should Bring to Sonora

At Sonora, the safety and well-being of our patients is always our main concern. Please abide by the criteria below when preparing for your time with us.

What to Bring

What Patients Should Bring to Sonora

  • Storage space is limited, so please minimize items brought to the hospital.
  • 2-3 changes of clothing. Clothing may not have inappropriate language, pictures or promote any gang affiliation.  Clothing may not have strings or excessive metal decorations.
  • 3-4 changes of full coverage sleepwear to be worn in bedrooms only.
  • A sweatshirt or lightweight jacket.
  • Athletic shoes, without laces. Velcro closure athletic shoes are recommended.
  • Females must wear wireless bras. Sports bras are recommended.
  • Slippers to wear in the hospital.

NOTE:  Clothing that is excessively loose, tight or revealing will not be permitted.

What Not to Bring

Do NOT Bring

  • Toiletry items – (Sonora provides toiletry items, including razors, for personal hygiene.) Not permitted are sponges, aerosols, mouthwash with alcohol and hand sanitizer.
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Cords, belts, suspenders, string or rope
  • Excessive metal decoration, multiple zippers on clothing, or metal on hair bands
  • Sharps, including metal, glass, ceramic or plastic. No razors, underwire bras, spiral bound notebooks, metal watch bands, pins, nail clippers, metal files, scissors or soda cans
  • Jewelry, except for a single wedding band and a single pair of post earrings
  • Alcohol or alcohol-containing liquids, drugs, tobacco, nicotine products or other smoking materials. No e-cigarettes
  • Shoes or boots with steel toes or laces
  • Make-up
  • No hats, bandannas or sunglasses allowed in the building
  • Plastic bags, bags with straps, or backpacks (luggage will be secured by staff)
  • Electronic or battery-operated equipment (computer, iPod, electric toothbrush, cell phones, electronic games, curling irons, hair dryers, etc.)
  • Writing utensils
  • Musical instruments
  • Outside food or drink (unless ordered or approved by staff)
  • Stuffed animals, blankets or pillows

NOTE:  For safety purposes, Sonora reserves the right to decide what items a patient may have in their possession during hospitalization.

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