November 17, 2021
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 https://avcsnf.com/ for other helpful information and links to CDC and CMS websites.
Other visitation updates
- Visitors, essential and general, who regularly enter the facility should be encouraged to seek COVID-19 vaccination through the resources available in their community.
- Fully vaccinated visitors may have brief, limited physical contact with fully vaccinated residents (e.g., a brief hug, hand holding, assisting with feeding or grooming) – Direct physical contact between an essential visitor and the resident can be considered on a case-by-case basis (e.g., compassionate care visitation) with a pre-determined plan involving good infection prevention practices -wearing full PPE, minimizing total cumulative time of direct physical contact, etc.
- Facilities could consider providing infection prevention and control education for visitors who are regularly visiting (more than one in-person visit every 7 days).
- Duration of visits;
– Per CDPH, visits should be minimum 30 minutes
– No maximum time limit on the visit. Facilities should consider scheduling visits for a specified length of time to help ensure all residents are able to receive visitors; facilities can consider shorter indoor visits and longer outdoor visits.
What remains the same for visitation
- Essential visitors are exempt from visitation restrictions, including for indoor/in-room visitation.
- All other infection prevention and control requirements, including entry screening, must be followed, regardless of negative test results and regardless of vaccination status.
- Outdoor setting is preferred for visitation, communal dining, group activities when allowed regardless of vaccination status
What remains the same: core infection prevention & control
- Core infection prevention & control guidance regardless of county tier status, facility outbreak status, vaccination status of staff visitor, or resident
– Entry screening for fever, symptoms, recent close contact
– Universal masking – 6 ft distancing
– Frequent hand hygiene (5 moments of hand hygiene)
– Frequent disinfection of high touch surfaces
– PPE use for each cohort; including eye protection (face shield/goggles) when providing patient care <6 ft for Green Cohort residents
– Isolation guidance for confirmed COVID-19 Infections (positive viral test result) for both staff and residents regardless of vaccination status
- High vaccination coverage for both staff and residents are key to protecting your staff and residents!
- Resume visitation, communal dining, group activities safely as these are critical for the mental and physical health of nursing home residents
- While maintaining vigilance on core infection prevention & control practices to protect nursing home residents and staff from severe infections, hospitalizations, and death related to COVID-19 infection as well as other pathogens including MDRO’s (e.g., Candida auris)
On August 5, 2021, the California Department of Public Health issued a new Public Health Order in response to an increase in the number of COVID cases in California attributable to the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Though there are no positive cases in our facility, the Public Health Order is applicable to all healthcare facilities including skilled nursing facilities such as ours, regardless of the presence or absence of positive COVID-19 cases.
The Public Health Order applies only to indoor visitation. Summarily, visitors must either:
· Provide verifiable proof of full vaccination for each visitor; or
· Provide verifiable documentation of a negative SARS-Co-2 test taken within 72 hours of visitation.
Verifiable proof of full vaccination must be any of the following:
· COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health & Human Services, CDC or WHO Yellow Card); or
· A photo of the 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 healthcare provider; or
· A 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. The QR code must also confirm the vaccine record as an official record of the State of California; or
· Documentation of vaccination from other contracted employers who follow these vaccination records guidelines and standards.
If testing supplies are available, we will endeavor to provide COVID-19 testing at the facility upon your arrival.
Of course, if your loved one is in critical condition and in the final phase of life, you are exempted from the above requirements.
Further, regardless of vaccination status or test result, you must:
· Always wear a well-fitting face mask (a surgical mask or double mask) upon entry and within the facility;
· Wear any other personal protective equipment while in the resident’s room that facility staff deem appropriate to the situation; and
· Physically distance from health care personnel and other residents and visitors which are not part of your group at all times while in the facility.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.