Tag Archive for: Public Health

New Visitation Guidance


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. Read more

New Visitation Guidance


August 12, 2021


RE: New Visitation Guidance


Dearest Resident Family Members and Visitors-

The State of California – Health and Human Services Agency, California Department of Public Health released new guidance about visitation in Nursing Homes on August 5th, 2021. Listed below is a basic breakdown of how the visitation requirements have changed for indoor visitation:

  • Visitors must provide evidence of completed vaccination, or
  • For unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated visitors, verify documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within 72 hours of the visit.
  • Only the following documents will be accepted as proof of vaccination:
    •  COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered); OR
    • A photo of a Vaccination Record Card as a separate document; OR
    • A photo of the client’s Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or electronic device, OR
    • Documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider; OR
    • Digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type.

All visitors, regardless of vaccination status or test results, must:

  • Wear a well-fitting face mask (a surgical mask) upon entry and at all times within the facility;
  • Wear any other personal protective equipment (PPE) while in the patient’s room that facility personnel deem appropriate to the situation; and
  • Physically distance from health care personnel and other patients/residents/visitors that aren’t part of their group at all times while in the facility.

For your information:

  • Unvaccinated staff must undergo twice a week SARS-CoV-2 testing and wear a N95 face mask.
  • Unvaccinated residents are placed in a designated quarantine area upon admission or return for a 24+ absence from the facility and upon completion of a 14 day observation period, they are discharged from the quarantine area and placed in the general population.
  • Unvaccinated residents who require dialysis require weekly SARS-CoV-2 testing.

The facility appreciates your understanding and compliance as COVID gains momentum in our community. These practices have been put in place to not only protect your loved ones but for your safety as well.


Logan Cooley

COVID-19 Outbreak Update


February 19, 2021


RE: COVID-19 Outbreak Update

Dearest families and friends,

I am happy to inform you all that Camarillo Healthcare Center is officially out of “outbreak”. In light of this, we are getting back to communal dining, rehab in the gym, use of common spaces, communal activities, and visitation! Having said this, we are still working closely with our local health department and these guidelines can change at any time. Our current county positivity rates are declining each week, so we anticipate that this trend will continue help keep another outbreak at bay. Our staff will continue to be tested at least once per week until the foreseeable future.
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Vaccine Celebration

Protected together! With the recent introduction of the COVID-19 Vaccines, resident and staff covid cases have dropped by over 50%. Our team is honored to do our part in helping to end this year long pandemic.


COVID-19 Family Communication


February 4, 2021
RE: COVID outbreak update


We are making headway with all of the challenges surrounding our outbreak! Thank you all for your support and understanding, especially all of the needed room changes! Really, we could not have the success without it. Your loved ones have been wonderful despite the difficulties. I have not seen so many genuine smiles (even under the masks) in my nearly three years working here!

So far, we are headed in the anticipated direction, having converted most all residents into the “GREEN” zone. This means that they are now considered “COVID-recovered” and are no longer under the same quarantined restrictions as before. Read more

COVID-19 Outbreak Update


January 15, 2021
RE: COVID-19 Outbreak Update


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. Read more

COVID-19 Outbreak Update


January 7, 2021
RE: COVID-19 Outbreak Update

To our loved families and friends,

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. Those residents/families affected have been contacted already by our nursing staff to update and to educate. Since there are no empty COVID positive beds available in the county we are required to house the positive patients here at the facility. Our process to manage this has been worked on for months with the county health department and with CDPH Licensing. There are plastic partitions from floor to ceiling separating the “RED” or positive unit from the rest of the building. This separate wing is with dedicated staff who will not be crossing over into the unaffected areas of the building during their shifts. Those staff members have their own entrance, bathroom, break room, and nursing station. All personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided to care for everyone regardless of their placement in the facility and is being utilized in accordance with CDC standards. This will reduce facility-based transmission.

We continue to take our role as your loved-ones caretakers and protectors very seriously and we appreciate the awesome support you have shown us! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly via email so that I may answer any questions you have. We appreciate you!

Thank you,
Brad Willits


Preserving Our Resident’s Right to Vote


October 21, 2020


To Our Valued Residents and Family Members:


As a preliminary matter, we want to express our continued gratitude for your ongoing support as we navigate through the COVID-19 environment. We do not take this support for granted, and are so thankful for you during this most unusual year.

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 understand that citizens of this Country have this important right, and that the Federal Regulations applicable to skilled nursing facilities likewise ensure that this right is protected while prospective voters are residents in this Facility. [See, for example, 42 CFR Sections 483.10(b)(1)-(2)]. 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).

Specifically, we have made the following arrangements related to assisting our resident community in casting their vote(s) relative to this 2020 Election:

  • Anyone who has received their mail-in ballot will be assisted as needed to fill out and send in prior to the deadline.
  • Those who are physically able, and with an “out on pass” order from the physician, may vote in person. We will assist in coordinating transportation with family, and in some cases, to have a staff member accompany to the local precinct.
  • Resident council has addressed the subject of voting and no concerns were brought up. This is explained in resident Care Plan meetings as well.
  • Activities Department and other personnel are assisting and coordinating with residents and/or the families to obtain ballots previously sent to another location to be forwarded here. (All those reading this who fit this situation we ask that you please bring or send it to us as soon as possible.)

Please note that, in light of the COVID-19 situation, voting by mail can minimize the potential exposure associated with our residents being out in the community or members of the community being present in the Facility. While this virus remains a threat, we are committed to taking action consistent with the safety and health of our residents and staff – voting by mail is most compatible with our infection prevention and control initiatives. If our family members have received a mail-in ballot at home for the resident or have access to the resident’s mail and can make that ballot available, we would ask you to do so at your earliest convenience. Otherwise, we will secure mail-in ballots from election officials in the area for those preferring to vote in this manner. For those residents who wish to vote in person, we will follow the procedure outlined above and do our best to make that happen.

Just by way of reminder, Election Day is NOVEMBER 3, 2020. Of course, we welcome any questions you might have, and we look forward to assisting our residents in making their voices heard by exercising their right to vote!


Thank you,

Brad Willits



Updated Visitation Information



September 1, 2020


Dear Residents, Family and Friends:


Thank you all for being so understanding and supportive throughout this COVID environment – we appreciate you! 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 are very excited for this!! Our first scheduled date will be on Monday, Sept 14th! Read more

Employee COVID-19 Diagnosis


June 19, 2020

Dear Residents, Family and Friends:


This is an update on what is happening at Camarillo Healthcare Center in this fluid COVID-19 environment. While things continue to evolve, we want to make sure you are kept in the loop and have access to available information. As such, we need to update you that we had one of our employees test results show for positive COVID-19. This individual did not have any direct contact with your loved one and is not allowed back to work for the time being. They will be following the directed self-quarantine instructions as outlined by Ventura County Public Health (VCPH).

We have been in constant contact with VCPH and California Dept of Public Health (CDPH) and are continuing to provide and practice all infection control/prevention procedures to the strictest standards. So far all residents have been tested and have negative results. Most of our employees have completed their baseline testing (as informed on our most recent update) and have negative results, with this one exception.

We continue being vigilant in implementing our COVID-19 specific infection prevention interventions since the beginning of the pandemic as previously stated. These practices will continue going forward, without exception.

Thank you all for being so wonderful, supportive, and understanding amidst this unique situation. Please reach out with any specific questions you may have to the Administrator, Brad Willits, at bwillits@ensignservices.net. We appreciate you and we thank you!


-The Team at Camarillo Healthcare Center