This weeks’ testing results impacted the facility more than it has in the past. Our “RED” or COVID unit has needed to expand to encompass all of station 3 to accommodate the newly COVID + residents. Each of those resident families were contacted as their results came in. Besides many room changes, the only difference to the unit from last week is its size. Still there are dedicated staff, breakroom, nursing station, computers, etc for that unit. There is no cross-over from the RED unit to the rest of the building.
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With 2020 in the rear-view we were excited to have made it almost the entire year without a COVID outbreak; a statistic entirely unmatched in Ventura County! As you know, we have been battling the last 4 weeks with several of our staff who have tested positive. After four rounds of testing all staff and your loved ones, we were successful with having no sign of facility-based transmission. This weeks’ testing has gone the other direction, unfortunately. There are now several residents who have tested positive while no new cases amongst the staff.
We want to express our continued gratitude for your ongoing support as we navigate through the COVID-19 environment. Today, however, we write to you about the upcoming election and the Facility’s commitment to honoring, promoting and preserving a resident’s right to vote. We support the rights of our residents to exercise these rights without interference, discrimination or reprisal, and are taking action to ensure that those residents who wish to vote will be able to do so (whether in person or by mail).
In light of the visitation guidelines given by Ventura County Health Department, we wanted to provide you all with a way to visit your loved one in person. Together as a team, and in conjunction with the county guidance, we have created an outline that enables us to have an in person visit outside the facility…
We had one of our employees test results show positive for COVID-19. This individual did not have any direct contact with your loved one and they are at home, following the directed self-quarantine instructions as outlined by Ventura County Public Health (VCPH).
We thank each and every one of you for the love and support you have demonstrated for our residents, and for the trust you have placed in Camarillo Healthcare Center and its dedicated team of professionals. Governor Newsom recently ordered that 100% of residents and staff in nursing homes in the State be tested for the presence of the COVID-19 virus and we are prepared to fully cooperate with this effort.
On March 14, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services advised of a nationwide restriction on visitation in skilled nursing facilities. Until further notice, we will be following this direction.
We have worked with the county, American Health Care Association, Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, the acute care hospital, and our community to develop a comprehensive plan to keep your loved one safe in the event the unexpected occurs.
Please know that we are all fully engaged in taking action to minimize the possible exposure associated with this virus. We thank you for your continuing confidence, and for helping us in our attempts to keep our residents and staff safe.