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Opinion: Updated Visitation Waiver, Testing & Vaccination Verification for Visitors (PIN 22-07-ASC)

Here is Clearpol’s opinion on PIN 22-07-ASC, which can be found on our website here alongside the PIN text:

CDSS has updated its visitation waiver to align with the amended CA Public Health Officer Order, to reflect indoor visitation requirements that were in place prior to 12/31/2021. A resident’s rights to visitation are waived and indoor and outdoor visitation permitted only in accordance with this waiver. The visitation limitations and modifications apply to all visitors, including, support persons, unless otherwise specified. During the time when regular visitation is limited, facilities shall make arrangements for alternative visitation. Visits and communications shall allow for private and/or confidential communications.

Facilities must verify visitors are either fully vaccinated OR for (1) unvaccinated visitors, or (2) incompletely vaccinated visitors, provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test within one day of visitation for antigen tests, and within two days of visitation for PCR tests, for indoor visitation. 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.

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. These visits, however, 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 and the resident must wear a well-fitting face mask at all times and physically distance.

At all times when visitation is restricted under this waiver, licensees must allow for outdoor visits on the facility premises if weather permits and where the visitor wears a well-fitting face mask with good filtration, and visitors that are not part of their group at all times during the visit, staff screen visitors, and staff clean and disinfect surfaces.

It supersedes PIN 22-04-ASC and PIN-21-40-ASC and the increased requirements in the Order expired 2/7/2022. It updates PIN 21-17.2-ASC and PIN 21-49-ASC’s guidance in regard to communal dining, insofar as the changed vaccination and testing requirements. All other guidance with regard to group activities and non-essential services and residents returning from outings, new admissions, and entertainment remains in effect.


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