Bear Valley Community Healthcare District



March 19, 2020____ The Big Bear Valley’s hospital and medical center, Bear Valley Community Healthcare District (BVCHD) is monitoring the coronavirus outbreak’ and is working closely with local and state health agencies, other regional hospitals, and the Centers for Disease Control to monitor and implement the most current guidelines.  

The safety of BVCHD patients, visitors, employees, and physicians remains at highest priority. The District has prepared a plan for the screening, isolation, and initial care of patients who seek treatment for the Coronavirus or other infectious diseases.

Bear Valley Community Hospital is screening all visitors for recent travel and signs and symptoms of illness.

When visiting the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District, individuals will be asked to wash their hands before entering the facility.  

The Hospital’s cafeteria is closed to the public.

NO VISITORS will be allowed in the Facility Skilled Nursing (SNF) Unit

NO VISITORS will be allowed in the Emergency Department 

NO VISITORS will be allowed in the In-patients Unit

      If necessary to visit a patient, to discuss special arrangements for visitation, call in-advance of the visit.   

Patients who are concerned that they have symptoms of the coronavirus should contact their primary care provider by telephone to discuss their symptoms. Most people infected with the novel coronavirus have mild cold symptoms. A small fraction of people, however, may require more intensive care.

Patients who are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus and experiencing increased shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing should come to the Emergency Department. If time allows, please notify the hospital ahead of time so that we can prepare for your arrival.

At this time BVCHD has a limited supply of coronavirus tests which are limited to patients who are critically ill and meet guidelines set by the public health department.

 Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent the Novel Coronavirus Infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is recommending the following precautions to prevent the transmission of Coronavirus:

·       stay at home if you are experiencing mild symptoms,

·       avoid close contact with people who are sick,

·       cover your cough with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash,

·       avoid touching your face, disinfect surfaces frequently touched and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Further information regarding the coronavirus is available on the several websites such as BVCHD, CDC, and the California Department of Public Health website:    

BVCHD will continue to update the website: