June 8, 2020
Dear Residents, Family and Friends:
We write today to update you on what is happening at Camarillo Healthcare Center in this fluid and ever-changing COVID-19 environment. As things continue to evolve, we want to make sure you are kept in the loop and have access to available information.
First of all, we have been in regular communication with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the County Department of Health since early March, and continue to seek their guidance on, and follow their direction in connection with, the management of this virus on a real-time basis. As you may have heard, 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. He has directed CDPH to develop and implement a plan for the testing, and we are prepared to fully cooperate with this effort. Up to this point in time, our symptomatic residents have been immediately tested, and moved to a room/area away from the asymptomatic patients pending results; symptomatic staff are not permitted to work or enter the Facility, and are immediately referred for testing as well. These practices will continue going forward, without exception, in addition to what the Governor has ordered.
Consistent with what we are seeing outside the four walls of Camarillo Healthcare Center (namely, that large percentages of people are testing positive for the virus while otherwise asymptomatic), it is certainly possible that we will see the number of positive COVID cases rise inside the Facility as well as a result of this universal testing. Please know and understand that any change reflected in the total number of positive cases at Camarillo Healthcare Center is in no way reflective of a change in the way the Facility is implementing our infection prevention and control program. As we have shared with you in previous updates, we have been vigilant in implementing our COVID-19 specific infection prevention interventions since the beginning of the pandemic – we have been and remain current with the updated Guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDPH, and county public health, and we are fully committed to keeping our residents and staff both safe and healthy.
Again, 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. We do not take this trust lightly, especially in these unprecedented times. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly at the Facility with any questions you might have regarding the new testing procedure or any other matter, or if we can be of assistance to you in any way.
~The Team at Camarillo Healthcare Center