February 17, 2022
Dear Residents, Families and Employees of Casa de Modesto;
We are providing you with updated guidance for limiting the transmission of COVID-19 at Casa de Modesto. These processes are in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) for Adult Senior Care (ASC) communities as of February 8, 2022.
Visitor Testing Requirements:
Visitors, regardless of vaccination status, seeking indoor visitation must show documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test where the specimen collection occurred within two days if using PCR or one day if using antigen testing before each visit and for which the test results are available at the time of entry to the facility. For visitors who visit for multiple consecutive days proof of negative test is only required every third day (meaning testing is only required on day one, day 4 and day 7, and so on). Casa de Modesto will offer onsite point-of-care testing to visitors while supplies are available. Visitors may bring their own COVID-19 testing kit to be observed and have results read by Casa de Modesto. Over-the-counter or “rapid” COVID-19 test taken at home cannot be accepted.
Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated visitors with history of COVID-19 within the prior 90 days may provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in lieu of testing.
Visitors who are visiting a resident in critical condition, when death may be imminent, are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements, however, must comply with all infection control and prevention requirements applicable for indoor visits.
General Visitation Guidance:
Any visitor entering the facility, regardless of their vaccination status, must adhere to the following:
Must be 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;
Must wear a well-fitting face mask with good filtration (N95, KF94, KN95, or surgical masks are preferred over cloth face coverings) and perform hand hygiene upon entry and in all common areas in the facility;
If personal protective equipment (PPE) is required for contact with the resident due to quarantine or COVID-19 positive isolation status (including fully vaccinated visitors), it must be donned and doffed according to instruction by HCP;
Visitors should limit their 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 have tested positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to visit or will be asked to leave if they are still within their isolation period (within 10 days of their positive test). Under such circumstances, Casa de Modesto may offer alternatives for remote (Skype, etc.) or telephone visitation. Facility staff will be assigned to provide monitoring for those who may have difficulty adhering to core principles, such as children.
If a resident is not able to leave their room or otherwise meet with visitors outdoors, the visitation may take place indoors even for visitors who cannot provide vaccine verification or a negative test; however, these visits cannot take place in common areas, or in the resident’s room if the roommate is present, and the visitor must wear a well-fitted mask with good filtration (N95, KF94, KN95, or surgical masks are preferred over cloth face coverings) and the resident must wear a well-fitting face mask at all times and physically distance.
For questions about visitation or other COVID-19 guidelines, call (209) 529-4950.
Please review additional information under the Casa de Modesto Covid-19 Updates February 17, 2022 update.