August 17, 2021
As transmissible variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus circulate in California, COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly, and the vast majority of cases are occurring in unvaccinated individuals. Despite the availability of safe and highly effective COVID-19 vaccination, many individuals remain unvaccinated and are at high risk of acquiring COVID-19 and exposing Skilled Nursing Facility’s residents and health care personnel.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is requiring Skilled Nursing Facilities to develop and implement processes for verifying the vaccination status of all visitors seeking indoor visitation, and for obtaining and tracking documentation of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test of all visitors who are unvaccinated and incompletely vaccinated seeking indoor visitation. Visitors who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated must show documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test that occurred within 72 hours before each indoor visit.
Options for Providing 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 Card1) 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 healthcare 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.
Visitors that are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated and are seeking indoor visitation must show documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test where the specimen collection occurred within 72 hours before each visit and for which the test results are available at the time of entry to the facility.
If proof of vaccination or a negative SARS-CoV-2 test can’t be obtained, an alternative means of visitation will be offered.
Broadway Healthcare will resume scheduled visitation to regulate the facility’s capacity and monitor visitor movement within the facility. Please contact Tracy to schedule your upcoming visits.
- Please schedule your visit with Tracy from the front office at (626) 285-2165
- Before arriving to the facility, please pre-screen yourself for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
- If you have completed your COVID-19 vaccination, please bring your vaccination card with you.
Any visitor entering the facility must follow instructions from facility staff at all times.
Any visitor entering must adhere the following:
- All visitors must sign in at the front lobby, provide vaccination status, provide proof if fully vaccinated, show documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test where the specimen collection occurred within 72 hours if visitor is unvaccinated, screened for fever and COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure within the prior 14 days to another person with COVID-19; if a visitor has COVID-19 symptoms or has been in close contact with a confirmed positive case, they must reschedule their visit, regardless of their vaccination status.
- All visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear a well-fitting face mask at all times while in-doors and perform hand hygiene upon entry and as frequently as possible.
- Regardless of vaccination status, if personal protective equipment (PPE) is required due to quarantine status of the Resident, visitors must don and doff according to the instruction by the facility staff.
- All visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, must follow physical distancing guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet distance from other visitors from different households, as well as from facility staff and other residents.
- All visitors should limit movement in the facility, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status; for example, visitors should not walk around the hallways of the facility and should go directly to and from the resident’s room or designated visitation area.
Visitors who are unable to adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention should not be permitted to visit or should be asked to leave.
Thank you for your cooperation.