Coronavirus Information and Precautions - Antelope Valley Care Center

Coronavirus Information and Precautions

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November 25, 2020

Dear Residents and Families,

Antelope Valley Care Center cares greatly for the health, safety, and well-being of our residents and staff. We are pleased to inform you that Antelope Valley Care Center has no active COVID-19 cases. We will continue to test our residents and staff as clinically-indicated.

Our facility has adequate staffing and an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

We are in regular communication with Los Angeles County Health and Human Services and CDPH. We continue to implement all current CMS, CDC, and CDPH guidelines regarding COVID-19.

We encourage both residents and loved ones to continue communicating with each other by email or enjoying time on Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype.

If you have a family member in our care and would like an update on his or her condition, please call our facility at 661-949-5524. You can also visit our website for other helpful information and links to CDC and CMS websites.


Thomas Skiba

Notice from LA County Department of Public Health – COVID-19 Holiday Guidelines

Dear LA County Skilled Nursing Facilities,

Given the upcoming holiday season, Public Health is providing guidance to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to prepare for safer celebrations to mitigate the introduction and spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. Per CDC and CDPH, people at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 including older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, like many of our SNF residents, are strongly urged not to attend any gatherings. Please communicate in advance this strong recommendation with all your residents and their loved ones including family members, caregivers, and designated representatives.

However, if higher-risk individuals do attend gatherings, CDPH AFL 20-86.1 (updated 11/20/20) provides infection control recommendations for residents, families, and facilities to safely celebrate the holidays. Additionally, Public Health is recommending SNF’s in LA County to screen all residents returning from non-facility holiday celebrations for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, temperature check, and risk of exposure to COVID-19 by conducting a risk assessment that includes the following factors:

Stayed in the same place as one or more people with confirmed COVID-19

Visited a crowded place and/or had frequent interactions with many other people where proper face-covering/masking, safe distancing, and other protective measures were not universally and consistently maintained.

  • The risk is higher if the visit is indoors

Slept in a place with other non-household members where safe distancing and proper face-covering/masking were not universally and consistently maintained.

In the past 2 weeks, if the resident had:

Frequent exposure to any of the 3 C’s without universal and consistent adherence to both face-covering/masking of nose and mouth AND safe distancing >6ft

  • Confined spaces; OR
  • Crowds; OR
  • Close contact with many other people

Participated in high-risk activities such as large gatherings (e.g. parties, dinners, weddings, funerals) or travel (especially multiple layovers/stops, cruise ships, or other prolonged mass transit). The rise is even higher if indoors.

Close contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19.

  • Close contact; within 6 feet for a total cumulative of 15 minutes or more in a 24 hr period and/or had unprotected contact with bodily fluids/secretions of the confirmed case, (e.g. being coughed/sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva, or providing care without wearing appropriate protective equipment).

Residents should be placed on quarantine in the Yellow Cohort for at least 14 days with PCR testing on the first and last days if any of the above screening is positive (signs or symptoms of COVID-19, febrile on temperature check, positive on any part of the risk assessment). When in doubt or if unable to make a complete risk assessment, Public Health strongly recommends placing residents on quarantine in the Yellow Cohort. Please also communicate this guidance with all residents, and their families, caregivers, and representatives in advance to facilitate informed decision making.

In-Person Visitation

We are happy to announce that we are now accepting reservations for in-person visitation. All visitations must follow CDC guidelines. Please call our facility for details about these guidelines and next steps for scheduling your appointment with your loved one.

Please call 661-949-5524. Thank you!