COVID-19 Information and Precautions
Core Principles of COVID-19 infection prevention for visitors
- Screening of all visitors for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 including temperature checks and questions/observations of signs and symptoms or those who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection in the prior 14 days (regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status).
- Hand Hygiene (use of alcohol rub is preferred). Hand hygiene before and after each visit.
- Face mask covering. Additional PPE may be required depending on the circumstance. If the facility has adequate supplies of facemasks, the facility may request visitors utilize the facility-supplied facemask when visiting.
- Social distancing of at least 6 feet between persons, unless the resident and the visitors are both vaccinated.
- Outdoor visitation remains the safest and is recommended by CMS and CDC, this is due to ventilation. Outdoor visitation is preferred even when the resident and visitor are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Outdoor visits generally pose a lower risk of transmission due to increased airflow and space, Therefore, visits should be held outdoors whenever practicable. Visitors must adhere to the core principles of infection prevention at all times
- The facility will allow 2 visitors per resident at one time
- In order to ensure that all residents are able to receive visitors, the facility is encouraging residents and visitors to limit visitation to 2 hours.
- Visitor movement in the facility is limited to the designated visitation area for each individual scheduled visit.
- Visitors should go directly to the designated visitation area for that visit.
- Visitors should remain in the designated visitation area only.
- The facility may establish additional guidelines as needed to ensure the safety of visitations and their facility’s operations.
- Visitors who are able to must agree that if they develop symptoms within 3-14 days of visiting that they notify the facility.
- Visitor will wait outside the facility or in the car until it is time for their visit.
- Visitor must not enter through the facility for outdoor visits to get to a designated area or to use the restrooms.
- Children are permitted to visit. Visitors with children must be able to manage them, and children must be able to wear a face mask during the entire visitation. Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask per CDC guidelines.
- Must sign in and provide contact information and start and end time of visit.
- Visitors may provide food and beverage to the resident consistent with dietary considerations, but food should not be shared between residents and visitors nor consumed by visitors.
- Visitors should follow the routes indicated by the facility to travel to and from the visitation area.