MPTF is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving public health situation around COVID-19 (the new Coronavirus). This situation poses challenges to us all, and we appreciate your flexibility and goodwill as we join together to make the appropriate changes to protect the safety and health of our residents, employees, volunteers, and campus visitors.
Our Community: We’re Here To Help
MPTF sees the need to support those members of our industry workforce who are undergoing hardship due to COVID-19 related issues: productions getting shut down or pushed back, staffs being trimmed as companies anticipate financial downturns from our “new abnormal.” We have been at this place before during the 2007-2008 work stoppage and supported 630 industry members with financial assistance and case management in a challenging time. Thanks to the generosity of our community, MPTF is still here for you today.
Our intake line is 323-634-3888. If you or an industry friend need our help, please give us a chance to listen to your story and determine how and where we can make life better for you. Our Daily Call Sheet program is also a great resource to combat social isolation, and you can sign up to make or receive calls to stay connected. As we say about MPTF, we’re taking care of our own.
Our Campus: Safety and Health Precautions
MPTF reported its first case of a resident testing positive for COVID-19 on our campus in Woodland Hills on March 31, 2020. The resident is from our skilled nursing unit and has been at West Hills Hospital for several days. While he tested negative with our test kit, the West Hills Hospital test was positive. Prior to being transferred to West Hills, this resident had been treated as if he were COVID-19 positive and staff took all recommended precautions.
Two other residents in skilled nursing are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. We are working with Public Health to get them tested. In the meantime, they have been transferred to an 18-bed isolation unit we established over the past few weeks on campus. A totally separate caregiving team will staff this unit and treat them in isolation. There will be no family visitations allowed. If the mild-to-moderate symptoms presenting today progress, the resident will have the option to transfer to a local acute care hospital. Click here to read more including a statement from MPTF CEO and President Bob Beitcher.
MPTF is following guidelines and recommendations issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), California Department of Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Department of Social Services. MPTF has instituted preventative measures on campus including the following (all in effect until further notice):
- Entry to the campus is limited to employees, essential volunteers, and necessary vendors, such as supply deliveries. Family members and campus visitors are restricted from entering the campus – per directives of health officials
- Anyone (including employees) entering the campus will be screened before entry. The screening consists of a thermal scanner (for body temperature) and a questionnaire about travel and health conditions.
- Campus entry/exit is restricted to Gate 2 at the corner of Mulholland and Spielberg Drive.
- Non-essential activities on campus have been suspended.
- The Saban Center for Health and Wellness is closed.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. As you know, we take the health of our residents and employees very seriously as we care for a very vulnerable population and value our caregivers.
The UCLA-Health Age Well Health Center and UCLA Health Physical Therapy facility remain open and are operating under normal hours. Any outside visitor to either of these facilities will undergo the campus entry process described above.
Through its Channel 22 in-house media outlet, MPTF is able to communicate broadly with its residents on a 24×7 basis, providing COVID-19 updates as well as programming that keeps residents alert and engaged.
Families of residents are restricted from visiting but are receiving weekly update communications from MPTF.
Additionally, MPTF has implemented enhanced infection control procedures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include:
- Educating our staff on the most current CDC recommendations for protecting residents
- Educating our residents on COVID-19 hygiene
- Campus-wide distribution of hand sanitizer stations, hand gel bottles, and germicidal wipes, along with Cover-Cough educational signage.
- Increased frequency of cleaning in residential and nursing area high touch surfaces
- Increased cleaning of restrooms and public areas with anti-viral, anti-bacterial chemical solutions
APIC provides current guidelines, information, and safety procedures for COVID-19. Click here to read their FAQ and check back here for further updates. The CDC maintains an updated Coronavirus FAQ – click here to read.
Updated March 31, 2020
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