Vaccination proof or negative test needed to enter

Staff Report

Cottage Health has announced that, effective Wednesday, Aug, 11, its hospitals in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley will implement the recent California Department of Public Health order requiring visitors to either verify completed COVID-19 vaccination, or verify a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior each visit.

Staff at the hospital entrances will assist visitors with this screening process. To prepare, hospital visitors are now being asked to arrive with their vaccine record card (printed or saved as image on phone), their immunization record from MyChart, or the digital QR code available at

If vaccination has not been completed, visitors will need a printed or digital copy of a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to arrival.

All visitors and staff within the hospitals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask at all times within all Cottage Health facilities.