January 7, 2022
RE: New Visitation Guidance
Residents, families and friends:
With the new surge of COVID-19 in our county and state these last few weeks, a new State Public Health Officer Order as well as multiple updated CDPH All Facility Letters is in effect for skilled nursing facilities. Below is a summary of the new requirements and restrictions.
- For indoor visitation, visitors must provide proof of vaccination (including the recommended booster shot if eligible) ANDprovide proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation (for all antigen tests) or within two days of visitation (for all PCR tests). PPE must be worn according to facility guidelines and depending on the status of the resident (green, yellow or red area).
- For outdoor visitation, visitors must provide proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within one day of visitation (for all antigen tests) or within two days of visitation (for all PCR tests).
- All visitors must also wear a well-fitting face mask (a surgical mask or respirator) and physically distance from facility personnel and other patients/residents/visitors that are not part of their group at all times during the visit.
- For those who visit for multiple consecutive days in all settings covered by this Order, proof of a negative test is only required every third day (meaning testing is only required on day one, day 4 and day 7, and so on).
We’d also like to update everyone on the measures we’re taking to both screen and properly respond to any positive cases (residents or staff) that are identified.
Staff Testing and Response
- All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated staff (included those who are eligible and have not received the recommended booster shot) must be tested twice weekly.
- All staff (regardless of vaccination status) must be tested immediately should they display signs and symptoms or have confirmed exposure.
- All positive staff must self quarantine and may return to work only as directed:
– 10 days from the onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, from the date of testing.
– After day 5 should said positive staff test negative after day 5 and remain asymptomatic.
Resident Testing and Response
- All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated residents who have confirmed exposure must be placed in a designated yellow area for 14 days following confirmed exposure. Said residents will be tested immediately and upon completion of their 14 day quarantine as well as assessed and monitored for signs and symptoms.
- All fully vaccinated residents who have confirmed exposure need not be placed in quarantine and can leave their room if they use proper source control (masking guidelines). All exposed residents regardless of vaccination status will be assessed and monitored for signs and symptoms.
- All positive residents will immediately be placed in a designated red area for 10 days following the onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, 10 days from the date of testing.
We will continue to be diligent in following the recommended guidance and mandates of public and county health officials to ensure we provide the highest level of safety to our staff and residents.
For any questions, please call the facility to speak with a member of our team. We appreciate your understanding and support.
Your Camarillo Healthcare Center Leadership Team