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The information below is Empress Care Center’s regular update to help ensure residents, family, team members and the community are kept up to date on our current COVID-19 status.
In the event of a positive case, we have protocols in place to protect our residents and team members including testing and immediately isolating residents with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. In addition, team members with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are tested and directed to stay at home until they fully recovered.
When visiting Empress Care Center, as part of our updated screening process as required by CDPH’s State Order, , all visitor regardless of their vaccination status, must adhere to the following guidelines:
Visitors who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not be permitted to visit or should be asked to leave if they are still within their isolation period (within 10 days of their positive test). Under such circumstances, facilities must offer alternatives for remote (Skype, etc.) or telephone visitation. Staff should provide monitoring for those who may have difficulty adhering to core principles, such as children
Empress Care Center is committed to the safety and comfort of residents, family members and friends, and the broader community, and believes that family and friends play a critical role in our residents’ emotional and physical well-being. But, because of the significant risk posed by COVID-19 and the variants, our obligation is to ensure we follow federal, state, and county public health guidelines and keep you connected with your loved ones during these challenging times.
Link to the Public Health Order below: Click here
At this time, Empress Care Center is not releasing medical records to discharged residents or their legal representatives in person due to the current COVID-19 pandemic Public Health Emergency. However, we do offer other options for obtaining medical records.
Discharged residents may request a copy of their medical records verbally and/or by completing and submitting an Authorization for Release of Personal Health Information form.
You can download and complete the authorization form from our website to submit your medical record request by fax, email or mail. A Medical Records representative can also email you a form to compete, fax, email or mail back to the Center.
Verification of identity may be required. Acceptable forms of identification include driver’s license, state-issued ID, or a valid, current passport.
If you are requesting for copies of medical records, standardized copying charges will be applied in addition to any postal charges or CD ROM charges. Records will only be released via mail or picked up in person with an advanced appointment.
The Medical Records Department’s hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The department is closed on weekends and major holidays. Please direct your inquiries to the Med Rec department for status updates or the Center Administrator.
Due to the current PHE, CMS modified the requirement at 42 CFR §483.10(g)(2)(ii) to allow LTC facilities 10 working days to provide a resident’s record rather than the standard two working days. If the requested information is located off-site or if the authorization form is not properly filled out, additional time may be required to process your request.
If you are requesting copies for someone other than yourself, you will need to provide legal documentation that verifies legal guardianship, power of attorney, executorships or next-of-kin relationship to a decedent.