COVID-19 Information

Updates as of September 9, 2022

 

As we all navigate through very difficult times with the current health pandemic, we reach out to each of you to communicate and provide updates on the current status of our skilled nursing facility in regards to COVID 19.

 

We are following all CDPH guidelines in regards to testing including testing all residents and staff twice a week.  

 

In our cumulative testing of over 150 residents and staff; we have 2 employee test positive and 7 patients.  

 

UPDATE: Out of an abundance of precaution, we are asking for visitation to be limited over the next week to scheduled visits and to have them be in communal areas inside and outside where proper social distancing can take place.

 

We continue to test all visitors making indoor visits and ask them to wear the appropriate PPE during the visit.  Please contact Amy Bautista at 818-343-0700 or [email protected] to schedule your visit.

 

Please keep in mind the follow mitigation actions Lake Balboa has implemented to reduce the risk of transmission:

  

-Appropriate Transmission Based Precautions are implemented (based on latest CDC guidelines).

-COVID 19 Testing conducted based on CDPH guidelines

-Employees with signs and symptoms will be asked to quarantine at home.

-Facility performs appropriate screening of all visitors and staff.

-85% of patients Fully Vaccinated

-99% of staff FullyVaccinated and boosted

-Rapid PCR and Antigen testing available

-1 month of PPE

 

PLEASE NOTE: For Visitation, please contact the facility at 818-343-0700 to schedule virtual, indoor or outdoor visits based on the current LA County guidelines including any applicable testing requirements. REMINDER: Please postpone your visit if you are not feeling well or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms.  At this time we are requiring COVID testing for indoor visitation per LA County guidelines. 

We are also following the latest LA County updated cohorting guidance to include a new recommendation for those residents not “up to date” with COVID-19 vaccines.  New admissions/re-admission residents who are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations are placed on yellow zone quarantine for 14 days per LA County and tested prior to moving to the Green Cohort. 

Per the CDC and LA County Public Health, the Definition of Up to Date is as follows: “An individual is up to date with COVID-19 vaccines when they are: Fully vaccinated and have received a booster dose; OR

Fully vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster dose.”

Please remember, if you have visited our facility in the last 14 days and learned that you have tested positive or been in close contact with someone positive, please contact our facility immediately and inform us so that we may take the necessary precautions in a swift manner to ensure the safety of our residents and staff.  

We continue to regularly disinfect high-touch areas with EPA-approved disinfectants and utilize universal masking for source control throughout our facility. We maintain an abundant supply of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to help keep your loved ones safe.  

We are currently offering and strongly encouraging the BOOSTER vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen (J&J) at the facility. Please contact the Charge Nurse or RN Supervisor on duty for more information or to schedule vaccination.  We also are offering 2nd booster vaccines for those who are eligible per the latest CDC guidelines. Please note we are actively inquiring with the Residents/Responsible Parties for consent for these vaccines.

 

We care deeply about the health, safety, and wellbeing of our residents. As healthcare professionals, the staff at Lake Balboa Care Center is committed to providing the highest level of care to protect our residents from the COVID-19 virus.

On the evening of March 13, the federal government ordered skilled nursing facilities, like ours, to implement a No Visitors policy with the objective of protecting the vulnerable population we serve. The measure to ensure social distancing will reduce the risk of exposure for all of our residents. They continue to receive care as ordered by their doctors. 

In an effort to support our residents, their family members and loved ones our staff will help with communication and connection. Please read the additional pages of information about our approach to COVID-19 and the actions we are taking to support healthy, safe outcomes.

 

For media inquiries please contact Nicole Francois at 206-799-4414.