February 28, 2022

Dear Patient of FOWH,

"Because of steady improvement in COVID-19 metrics, a high local vaccination rate, and anticipated adjustments to guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pasadena—as a separate health jurisdiction—will issue an updated health order, effective Feb. 26."

"This order will give fully vaccinated people the option to either wear or remove masks in many indoor settings (NOT in healthcare facilities) in alignment with the state health officer order. This order will differ slightly from the county's approach, and is less restrictive in allowing for additional options for vaccine verification, including self-attestation, in most businesses and public areas."


On February 25, CDC issued new mask guidance based on community risk levels. Los Angeles County is deemed high-risk.


  1. NST (non-stress tests) are in a shared room so we will continue to restrict visitors (except when needed for support or assistance).
  2. For all other appointments, ONE visitor (one adult or one child) is allowed.
  3. Everyone must wear a mask at all times in the office.
  4. We are NOT asking patients or visitors if they are vaccinated.
  5. Safety requirements include mandatory mask-wearing for patients, visitors and staff; use of hand sanitizers; waiting room spacing (using the text message system); and others.

  1. All visitors must show proof of either being fully vaccinated including a booster or proof of a negative COVID test within the past 48 hours (home tests are not accepted).
  2. Visiting hours are between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day. Some departments may have different hours. See below for Maternal-Child.
  3. Visitors must wear a hospital-provided mask at all times while on our campus, including when in the patient’s room.
  4. Visitors must be 12 years of age or older.
  5. Any visitor who exhibits signs and symptoms of illness will not be granted entrance.

Family Birth Center (Labor and Delivery)
  • One birth partner and one labor support person.
  • Birth partner and support person may not leave the hospital during the labor and birth process.
  • Upon patient arrival, physical assessment and COVID-19 testing will occur in the obstetrical emergency department

Mother Baby Unit (Maternity)
  • After the two-hour recovery period, the patient, newborn and birth partner will be transferred to the Mother Baby Unit.
  • Birth partner may stay at all times and may come and go, as needed.
  • One unique visitor per day during hospital visitation hours.

Perinatal High-Risk Unit
  • One healthy support person may stay overnight.
  • One unique visitor per day during hospital visiting hours.