New Order Issued on December 3rd, 2021
We were given a PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER from the LA County Department of Public Health Officer. Due to the introduction of the newly identified Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Los Angeles County, California, and other States and until more information is known about this variant’s transmissibility, its impact on vaccine effectiveness and breakthrough infections, including in individuals who have received booster doses, whether it is associated with more severe disease, and whether it is susceptible to currently available COVID-19 treatments, additional infection control precautions are indicated and necessary for Skilled Nursing Facilities because residents are at heightened risk for poor health outcomes should transmission occur within the facility.
Beginning December 15, 2021, through January 31, 2022
All Skilled Nursing Facility residents, employees, and contractors, regardless of vaccination status, who may encounter residents must test for COVID-19 infection on a once-weekly basis. In addition, to obtain entry into a Skilled Nursing facility, all VISITORS, regardless of vaccinations status, must provide proof of either:
- A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entry, OR
- A negative Antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to entry.
- Antigen test kits will be made available to Skilled Nursing Facilities on an as-needed basis.
Those who show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days (i.e., a positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before) are exempt from weekly testing and from showing proof of a negative viral test for entry.
All visitors, regardless of vaccination status or test result, must still:
- Wear a well-fitting face mask (a surgical mask) upon entry and at all times within the facility – properly covering your nose AND mouth;
- 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 are not part of their group at all times while in the facility.
Visitors who are visiting a patient in critical condition, when death may be imminent, or in compassionate care are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements. These visitors will still need to comply with the mask, PPE, and social distancing requirements.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to ensure COVID-19 stays out of Briarcrest Nursing Center. We are doing our best to comply with all the regulations set forth for us to keep our residents, employees, and visitors as well as vendors safe and protected. Please feel free to reach out to us if there are any questions, concerns, or comments.