COVID-19 Information

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Residents Must Be Allowed In-Person Visitation

​Federal regulation, 42 CFR § 483.10(f)(4), states “The resident has a right to receive visitors of his or her choosing at the time of his or her choosing, subject to the resident's right to deny visitation when applicable, and in a manner that does not impose on the rights of another resident.”

​During the height of the pandemic, residents not only suffered gravely from the virus and   shortage of staff, but also from months of forced isolation in their rooms. For many, isolation resulted in depression, cognitive loss, failure to thrive and loss of the will to live. Realizing the unintended consequences of trying to keep residents from contracting COVID-19, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance strengthening a resident’s access to visitors. ​

Visitation is allowed at all times for all residents, this includes indoor visitation. And facilities can no longer limit frequency and length of visits, number of visitors, or require advanced scheduling of visits. Visitors who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations, should wear masks and physically distance when around other residents, visitors, and staff. ​

Other mask requirements depend on various factors including the local level of transmission of the virus. Although, the safest practice is for visitors to wear masks and physically distance, especially if either the visitor or resident are not up to date with all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses. ​

If the county COVID-19 community level of transmission is rated substantial to high, all residents and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, should wear masks and physically distance, at all times.​

Residents, regardless of vaccination status, can choose not to wear a mask when other residents are not present and choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor.

New Admission Guidance For Long-Term Care

From the LTC Newsletter 2022-28, July 14, 2022

‍Residents who leave the facility for 24 hours or longer are treated the same as a new admission  when it comes to quarantining and testing. New admissions do not need to be quarantined if them meet all the following requirements:

Had no close contact (with reliable history)
Not symptomatic
Are up-to-date with booster

However, all new admissions should have two viral tests: the first test at 24 hours after admission.  If they test positive, they should be quarantined.  If negative, a second test should be given 5-7 days after their admission. A new admission individual can come out of quarantine after receiving a booster without any waiting period as long as they meet all the following requirements:

Had no close contact (with a reliable history)
Not an immunocompromised individual
Not symptomatic


More COVID-19 data and updates for nursing homes can be found from the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).