header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
49°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
March 4
1940 - NYC premiere of "The Marines Fly High" starring Lucille Ball, filmed in Placerita Canyon [story] Marines Fly High


| Thursday, Apr 9, 2020
Oakmont
File photo: Residents enjoy a Father's Day barbecue at Oakmont of Santa Clarita. Cory Rubin/The Signal

 

Both Oakmont of Valencia and Atria Santa Clarita, two Santa Clarita Valley senior living communities, reported this week they have residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Oakmont officials confirmed Wednesday seven residents and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19 and are symptomatic; Atria officials confirmed Tuesday they had informed their residents and families of a single case in their Lyons Avenue facility.

“All of our symptomatic residents are living and being cared for in an isolated neighborhood within their community,” said Margie Veis, executive director at Oakmont of Valencia. “And since March 30, our community has been in a full isolation protocol.”

Isolation protocol, Veis said, means that residents are self-isolating in their individual apartment rooms and the Oakmont staff are providing them with care, providing engaging activities and helping them stay connected with their families.

These two facilities are not the only ones in Los Angeles County dealing with this issue, however. On Wednesday, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health, said those who are 65 years or older make up 44% of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 and there are currently 131 institutional settings countywide that have at least one confirmed case or more.

“As a reminder, they include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, shelters, treatment centers, supportive living and correctional facilities,” said Ferrer.

Veis said that Oakmont staff have increased their standard cleaning procedures and that staff are wearing personal protective equipment.

“Our staff is all wearing masks right now,” said Veis. “And if (a resident) is in isolation, (staff) go into full PPE gear.”

Following similar practices at their own facility for the last few weeks, Atria officials confirmed the single case in a letter to their families and residents on Tuesday, according to Mike Gentry, senior vice president of care at Atria Senior living. He said staff and residents had been operating under quarantine protocols previous to the news of their first diagnosis.

“On March 4, we began actively screening all visitors and prohibiting anyone from working in our communities if they are unable to pass our screening or develop an illness while working,” said Gentry. “We took additional steps on March 9, including eliminating all excursions to public places, and on March 12, including limiting visits to only essential visitors such as immediate family members and critical medical providers.”

And while they have informed their residents that the Los Angeles County Public Health Department has not recommended blanket testing, as of Tuesday, for all residents, staff would be wearing gloves, a mask with face shield or eye protection and a gown around any resident who has tested positive or is suspected of being positive and is in the community.

By March 22, residents at Atria were being tested twice daily and staff were screened three times per shift, Gentry said.

Residents and their families at both locations are being encouraged to check in regularly with one another through email or by the phone, and staff would be communicating with families regularly.

“Everything from puzzles and games to Skype and Facetime, we’re trying to keep them connected,” said Veis.

Atria said they would be setting up “window visits,” so that families could also communicate with one another through the use of a notebook and paper to write messages to one another from the ground and/or apartment.

“I have nothing but nice things to say about them,” said one family member whose 88-year-old aunt and uncle currently live at Atria. “They really have been trying to protect these people and they’ve had them in quarantine for like three weeks, probably before any of us had the stay at home order.”

“Our primary concern right now is on supporting the resident, and the rest of our residents and staff,” said Gentry. “We will continue to provide updates as they become available.”

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Thursday, Mar 4, 2021
Thursday COVID-19 Roundup: SCV Cases Total 26,327; Public Health Advises Against Non-Essential Travel
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday 119 new deaths and 2,253 new cases of COVID-19, with 26,327 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Thursday, Mar 4, 2021
Hart District Football Players Begin COVID-19 Testing, Full-Contact Play
For a three-day period starting Tuesday, the William S. Hart Union High School District football players took their first COVID-19 tests as part of the requirements for them to begin full-contact play.
Thursday, Mar 4, 2021
Whittaker-Bermite Owner Files Bankruptcy, Selling Land
Santa Clarita LLC, which owns the undeveloped 900-plus-acre Whittaker-Bermite site, recently filed for voluntary bankruptcy, and is working to sell it to a global industrial real estate company for possible commercial and residential development, officials said Wednesday.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
College of the Canyons proudly welcomes composer/lyricist, conductor, pianist and music producer Georgia Stitt to the School of Visual & Performing Arts’ Virtual Industry Insight Series on Wednesday, March 10.
Broadway Maestra Georgia Stitt to Speak at COC’s Virtual Insight Series
Valencia-based Lundgren Management was honored to be selected by the El Camino Community College District as one of three firms providing on-going construction management services for the next five years.
Valencia-Based Lundgren Management Inks 5-Year Deal with El Camino Community College District
It’s not how far you go…it’s what happens along the way! The Incredible Chase, the city of Santa Clarita’s socially distanced take on the hit CBS show “The Amazing Race,” is a brand-new competition taking place in May 2021.
City Looking for Teams to Compete in ‘The Incredible Chase’
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday 119 new deaths and 2,253 new cases of COVID-19, with 26,327 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Thursday COVID-19 Roundup: SCV Cases Total 26,327; Public Health Advises Against Non-Essential Travel
For a three-day period starting Tuesday, the William S. Hart Union High School District football players took their first COVID-19 tests as part of the requirements for them to begin full-contact play.
Hart District Football Players Begin COVID-19 Testing, Full-Contact Play
Ken Farley, W. M. Keck Foundation professor of Geochemistry, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences and the project scientist for the Mars 2020 mission, continues the 2020–2021 Watson Lecture season with a talk about, “Perseverance on Mars," Wednesday, March 10, at 5:00 p.m., via Zoom.
Project Scientist for Mars Perseverance Continues Caltech’s Lecture Series
Los Angeles County Library is partnering with Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to bring virtual arts programs to our communities, featuring LACMA teaching artists and staff.
L.A. County Library, LACMA Partner to Offer Virtual Arts Programs
Santa Clarita LLC, which owns the undeveloped 900-plus-acre Whittaker-Bermite site, recently filed for voluntary bankruptcy, and is working to sell it to a global industrial real estate company for possible commercial and residential development, officials said Wednesday.
Whittaker-Bermite Owner Files Bankruptcy, Selling Land
William S. Hart Union High School District governing board members Wednesday discussed a potential March 29 start date for junior high and high school in-person instruction, provided the number of L.A. County COVID-19 cases continues to decline.
Hart District Mulls Over Possible March 29 Return
The Santa Clarita Valley is now home to a new branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, following a recent vote from the association’s board of directors.
NAACP Branch Coming to Santa Clarita Valley
Because of the recent rainfall, Los Angeles County Health Officer, Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, is cautioning residents that bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to contaminate ocean waters at and around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers after a rainfall.
Water Advisory Issued for Los Angeles County Beaches
This week, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the kickoff for the “California Digital Divide Innovation Challenge,” a global competition that will award up to $1 million to the boldest, most revolutionary proposals to eliminate the digital divide and expand high-speed internet access to all Californians.
State Schools Chief Kicks Off ‘California Digital Divide Innovation Challenge’
1940 - NYC premiere of "The Marines Fly High" starring Lucille Ball, filmed in Placerita Canyon [story] Marines Fly High
Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Wednesday confirmed 116 new deaths and 1,759 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, as Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia reported its 144th fatality since the pandemic began.
Wednesday COVID-19 Roundup: 144th Death at Henry Mayo; Decline in L.A. County Cases, Hospitalizations
Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark officials will host a virtual presentation commemorating the March 12, 1928, St. Francis Dam Disaster via Zoom on Friday, March 12, starting at 4 p.m.
March 12: St. Francis Dam Disaster Commemoration Event, Free on Zoom
California State University, Northridge is launching an interdisciplinary master’s degree in sustainability, set to begin fall 2022.
CSUN to Offer an Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Sustainability
Princess Cruises is extending the pause of its United Kingdom-based cruise vacations, sailing roundtrip from Southampton, through September 25, 2021, on Sky Princess, Regal Princess, and Island Princess.
Princess Cruises Extends Pause of Southampton Sailings Through Sept. 25
After a relatively dry February in California, water supply managers grow increasingly anxious as each dry, sunny day plunges the state deeper into drought.
Dry February Exacerbates Drought in California
The Biden-Harris Administration has approved California’s request to use Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) funding to pay for voluntary COVID-19 testing for low-income students covered by the program, further supporting schools in underserved communities to reopen for in-person instruction.
Feds OK Medi-Cal to Fund COVID-19 Testing for Low-Income Students
Santa Clarita planning commissioners Tuesday sent the Sand Canyon resort proposal back to the drawing board amid continued concerns, focusing largely on emergency evacuations.
Sand Canyon Resort Sent Back to Drawing Board Amid Various Concerns
Sam Horn, president of Master’s University and Seminary for the past year, will be stepping down from his position, university officials said Monday.
Master’s University President Sam Horn to Step Down After 1 Year
Moving around California three decades from now will be safer, cleaner, and simpler with more transportation options under a plan Caltrans unveiled Wednesday.
Caltrans Unveils Vision for Future of Transportation
1882 - George Campton's Newhall general store explodes [story]
general store
After receiving athletic protocol updates from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH) and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the William S. Hart Union High School District has put together a complete athletic program following all state and county guidelines.
Hart District Announces Outdoor Sports Practices, Competitions to Resume Immediately
%d bloggers like this: