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County Lifts Visitation Restrictions at Skilled Nursing Facilities

Author: Joint Information Center
Date: 9/21/2020 12:12:10 PM

County of San Luis Obispo officials announced that the local executive order restricting visitors at skilled nursing facilities is being lifted as SLO County community members continue to slow the spread of COVID-19.


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County of San Luis Obispo officials announced today that the local executive order restricting visitors at skilled nursing facilities is being lifted as SLO County community members continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 here.

However, local public health officials agree with the State’s visitor limitation guidance and that our local skilled nursing facilities allow only one visitor be allowed to be present with the patient at a time.

The order took effect on June 5 and was intended to protect SLO County community members who are most vulnerable to serious COVID-19 illness.

“Visitors are an essential part of patient care and recovery and play an important role in the mental well-being of patients at skilled nursing facilities,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer. “Please do not visit if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or suspect that you have the virus or have been exposed to it recently. You may even want to get tested before you visit, as an added precaution. Please also follow all of the facility’s instructions on personal protective equipment and health screenings.”

All skilled nursing facilities are required to expand their existing infection control policies to include the development and implementation of a CDPH approved COVID-19 mitigation plan.

Visitors should be wearing their own cloth face covering upon arrival to the facility per CDC recommendations. If they are not, they should be offered a facemask or cloth face covering, as supplies allow, and instructed to wear it while in the facility.

“Throughout this pandemic, we’ve worked to balance the science of transmission with the needs that we, as humans, have for connection,” Dr. Borenstein said. “At this time, we believe the right processes are in place to effectively manage both.”

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County, visit ReadySLO.org or call the recorded Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903. A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist with COVID-19 questions.


El Condado Levanta Restricciones de Visitación en Instalaciones de Enfermería Especializada

Oficiales del Condado de San Luis Obispo anunciaron hoy que la orden ejecutiva local restringiendo visitantes en instalaciones de enfermería especializada ha sido levantada mientras miembros de la comunidad del Condado de SLO continúan frenando la propagación de COVID-19 aquí.

Sin embargo, los funcionarios locales de salud pública están de acuerdo con la Guía Estatal limitada de visitantes y que nuestras instalaciones de enfermería especializadas locales permiten que sólo un visitante esté presente con el paciente a la vez.

La orden entró en vigor el 5 de junio y estaba destinada a proteger a los miembros de la comunidad del Condado de SLO quien son más vulnerables a enfermedades graves de COVID-19.

"Los visitantes son una parte esencial de la atención y recuperación de los pacientes y desempeñan un papel importante en el bienestar mental de los pacientes en centros de enfermería especializada", dijo la Dra. Penny Borenstein, Oficial de Salud del Condado. "Por favor, no visite si tiene cualquier síntoma de COVID-19 o sospecha que tiene el virus o ha sido expuesto recientemente. Quizás quiera hacerse la prueba antes de visitar, como una precaución más. Siga también todas las instrucciones de la instalación sobre equipos de protección personal y exámenes de salud".

Todas las instalaciones de enfermería especializada están obligadas a ampliar sus políticas existentes de control de infecciones para incluir el desarrollo y la implementación del plan aprobado CDPH de mitigación COVID-19.

Los visitantes deben llevar su propia cubierta de tela a su llegada a las instalaciones de acuerdo con las recomendaciones de los CDC. Si no lo son, se les debe ofrecer una mascarilla o una cubierta de tela mientras haiga e instruirles a usarla mientras están en las instalaciones.

"A lo largo de esta pandemia, hemos trabajado para equilibrar la ciencia de la transmisión con la necesidad que nosotros, como seres humanos, tenemos para conectarnos", dijo la Dra. Borenstein. "En este momento, creemos que existen los procesos adecuados para manejar eficazmente ambos".

Para actualizaciones sobre COVID-19 en el Condado de SLO, visite ReadySLO.org o llame a la Línea de Información de Salud Pública registrada al (805) 788-2903. Un centro de asistencia telefónica con personal al (805) 543-2444 está disponible de lunes a viernes, de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. para ayudar con las preguntas COVID-19.