Nursing homes still face limitations despite state lifting most COVID-19 restrictions

Although the state recently lifted restrictions, people in nursing homes are still dealing with significant limitations.

News 12 Staff

Jun 16, 2021, 7:38 PM

Updated 1,067 days ago

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Although the state recently lifted most coronavirus restrictions, people in nursing homes are still dealing with significant limitations.
Visits in nursing homes resumed in March, but the state is still instructing facilities to follow visitation guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
News 12 spoke with a resident’s loved one who said, "I’d like someone at the DOH to understand it’s time to open nursing homes.”
The guidance includes practicing social distancing, outdoor visits preferred, and limiting movement within the facility.
One family tells News 12 the result of these limitations is a 30-minute visit with minimal contact.
"When they say it’s open, it's very misleading. They're open to the lobby, they're not open indoors,” says one family member. “These residents haven't seen their loved ones in their rooms to look at their pictures, look to see if they need shampoo, see if they need some extra clothes.”
News 12 reached out to a spokesperson for the state to ask why officials are easing restrictions for businesses and entertainment but not nursing homes. 
News 12 received a statement saying in part, “The CDC still recommends masks at all health care facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes. If that changes, we'll reevaluate.”


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