City of Long Beach
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Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach issued a new health order today that requires long-term care facilities to institute a range of protocols to slow the spread of COVID-19, including a tightening of visitation policies, mandating face coverings and requiring daily temperature screenings for staff and residents. The order applies to facilities serving individuals 65 years and older or those with underlying health conditions.
“Our top priority must be to protect those at highest risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This new health order ensures that we are doing everything we can to minimize the risk of spread in long-term care facilities.”
Because of the concentrated living conditions and the nature of the services provided, long-term care facilities pose a greater challenge when it comes to preventing the spread of infection. Physical distancing protocols, while important, are not sufficient in long-term care facilities.
The new order, effective today and until further notice, requires that long-term care facilities require the following:
The order applies to all Licensed Congregate Facilities in Long Beach, which includes:
This action was put in place by the City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, and in accordance with the Emergency Powers granted to the City Manager through the Proclamation of Local Emergency.
Of the 18 deaths attributed to COVID-19 thus far in Long Beach, 13 are associated with long-term care facilities.
As older adults have a higher risk for illness and medical complications, the Long Beach Health and Human Services (Health) Department has been working closely with long-term care facilities over many years to assist, monitor and enforce proper protocols to prevent infection among older adults.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, the Health Department’s Communicable Disease Control Program staff has been communicating regularly with the City’s 93 long-term care facilities and working in partnership with the California Department of Public Health’s infection preventionists to share best practices that support older adults in Long Beach.
The Health Department has also been making personal protective equipment (PPE) available to facilities that do not have sufficient supplies, prioritizing laboratory testing for both residents and staff, and updating the City’s website to ensure long-term care facilities receive up-to-date guidance from local, state and federal authorities.
For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit: longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.