A Message from VNA Health President & CEO Lynda Tanner

February 8, 2021

Dear Patients, Families and Friends of VNA Health,

Together, we are on a challenging journey, and now there is light at the end of the COVID Tunnel! On January 25th, California health officials lifted the State Regional Stay-At-Home order, and our communities began the process to reopen some businesses following Public Health guidelines. Our 4-week projection for ICU capacity continues to improve, and supply for the approved vaccines are slowly ramping up. Getting to this point, has taken everyone in our communities working together to get us through this difficult surge, and I hope you and your loved ones have been staying safe during these trying times.

At VNA Health, one of our core values is teamwork.  I am proud to share that our agency was recently commended by our accrediting body, The Joint Commission, for our exceptional Culture of Safety, Emergency Operations planning, and leadership collaboration.  I also want to ensure you know the steps we take every day to provide you with the highest-quality home health, hospice, palliative and bereavement care across the Central Coast.

  • We continue to communicate and work closely with State and County Public Health officials to adapt to the changing COVID environment and regulatory guidelines. This includes working closely with healthcare partners like hospitals, clinics, physician offices, skilled nursing facilities, and residential care facilities to ensure smooth transitions of care for you across the healthcare continuum.
  • Our clinical staff are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including N-95 masks at all patient visits, and we have implemented enhanced PPE protocols during periods of widespread transmission in our community. We also try to reduce in-person contact when appropriate by using remote communication tools like Zoom to provide music therapy, palliative care, bereavement care, and medical social services.
  • We provide regular surveillance testing of our staff and screen all persons at our facilities for temperature and symptoms prior to entry. We also follow rigorous social distancing and cleaning protocols in all of our facilities.
  • Many of our frontline healthcare workers have been vaccinated already, but will continue to wear PPE and be tested regularly to ensure your safety. Though our agency is not able to provide vaccines at this time, we serve on our county’s Vaccine Planning Workgroup, which will help us ensure access to vaccines is made available to our patients in the coming weeks and months.  If you have questions about vaccination in Santa Barbara County, please visit https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/ and sign up for the vaccine information newsletter.
  • We provide all of our staff and volunteers with COVID updates and safety training to ensure staff who enter your home are knowledgeable about COVID risks and understand what they must do to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Until our communities attain a level of immunity to this virus, our journey through the COVID pandemic will continue.  There may be ups and downs, but we at VNA Health are committed to remaining aware, prepared, and ready to respond to ensure we will continue to provide you with excellent care through the pandemic and beyond.

Be safe and live well!

Lynda Tanner, RN, MSN
President & CEO


 

ONLINE RESOURCES

   

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT

Recorded information line: 805-681-4373
Santa Barbara County Call Center: 833-688-5551
(Staffed Mon–Fri, 9 AM–6 PM)

VENTURA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT

CALIFORNIA DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

OTHER AGENCIES

• San Luis Obispo County
• US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
• World Health Organization

      

PROTECT YOURSELF & LOVED ONES

We know that COVID-19 spreads person-to-person, through close contact via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects. As with other respiratory illnesses like the cold and flu, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from germs and viruses.

   

FACTS ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINES

To stop this pandemic, we need to use all of our prevention tools. Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so your body will be ready to fght the virus, if you are exposed (also called immunity). Other steps, like wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth and staying at least 6 feet away from other people you don’t live with, also help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Click on the flyer to learn more facts about the COVID-19 vaccines.
   

KNOW THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and fatigue. If you develop symptoms, please call your physician. If you are going to see your doctor, call ahead so that precautions may be taken prior to your arrival.

Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 seeking care at a hospital emergency department, please call ahead if possible, or stop outside the emergency entrance and call the phone number provided at the entrance doors. A staff member will provide a properly fitted mask and assist with protected entry to avoid exposure to others.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

   

CA NOTIFY: NEW SMART PHONE TOOL DESIGNED TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID 19

Starting December 10, 2020 a new digital tool called CA Notify, will help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and be available to smartphone users. Upon its launch, Californians can opt in to receive COVID-19 notifications informing them if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. CA Notify is a digital tool that protects privacy and security – it does not collect device location to detect exposure and does not share a user’s identity. The tool was developed in partnership with Google and Apple and piloted with the help of the University California, San Diego and the University of California, San Francisco.

   

CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH COVID-19

For those who are caregivers of family members who have the flu or COVID-19, it is important to protect yourselves as well. Please review the "COVID-19 Recommendations for Family and Caregivers" guidance from the CDC.

 
   

STORES OFFERING DESIGNATED SHOPPING TIME FOR SENIORS & IMMUNOSUPPRESSED

 
   

BEYOND COVID-19


EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Whether it's a public health emergency like COVID19 or natural disasters like wildfires, Californians have embraced a culture of preparedness. Have you packed your Emergency Go-Bag? Food, water, cash and medications are just some of the items to consider. Plan now to be ready for the next disaster.


Be Aware: Sign up for emergency text alerts

  • Santa Barbara County – readysbc.org
  • Ventura County – readyventuracounty.org/vc-alert

  • Be Prepared: Create a plan and pack a Go-Bag for your Car

  • Click on the image to download the Go-Bag List
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