People in Yolo County working in skilled nursing facilities will now be required to be tested twice a week for COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status.
With the rapid rise of the Omicron variant, Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Aimee issued an official health order to protect residents of skilled nursing facilities who are vulnerable to serious illnesses, according to a statement. county press.
Visitors to these facilities will also be required to provide proof of a negative COVID test, regardless of their vaccination status. Visitors will be required to present proof of a negative test one day prior to visit for antigen testing or within two days for molecular testing (including PCR).
A printed document or electronic test result from a test provider or laboratory or a test performed in the presence of SNF personnel will all be accepted. Exceptions to testing requirements will be made in the case of compassionate care visits, such as for a dying resident.
The order will go into effect on December 27 and will remain in place until January 31, unless otherwise ordered by Sisson.
The local health order is being issued in addition to the updated state public health officer’s order announced Dec. 22 that requires skilled workers in eligible nursing facilities to receive a COVID booster dose -19 receive a booster injection by February 1, 2022. .
“We have a responsibility to protect vulnerable residents of skilled nursing facilities from COVID-19,” Sisson said. “The highly transmissible variant of Omicron will be difficult to stop once it is introduced into a skilled nursing facility, so we need to take extra steps to prevent the virus from entering these facilities in the first place. Requiring everyone entering a facility to have a recent negative test for COVID-19 is an essential step in keeping residents safe.
Of the 266 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Yolo County, 72 or 27% have occurred among residents of skilled nursing facilities.
The order will affect six Yolo County facilities located in Davis, West Sacramento and Woodland, including Alderson Convalescent Hospital, Cottonwood Post-Acute Rehab, Courtyard Healthcare Center, River Bend Nursing Center, University Retirement Community and Woodland Skilled Nursing .
“Testing all people entering SNF will reduce the introduction of the virus into facilities,” the press release said. “Because even fully vaccinated and boosted individuals can be infected with the Omicron variant, checking the vaccination status of staff and visitors is not enough to protect vulnerable residents.”
To find more information about Yolo County’s COVID-19, visit yolocounty.org/covid.