Updated Visitation Procedures
Visits can take place in areas such as in resident/tenants’ rooms, dedicated visitation spaces, and outdoors. With any visitation, we have best practices to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission that must be followed:
Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention for visitors:
Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, or have symptoms of COVID-19, should defer their visit and not enter the facility until they meet the criteria to discontinue isolation.
A visitor who has been exposed to someone confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days should wear a mask for the duration of their visit.
Hand hygiene, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands upon entry to the facility and throughout your visit.
Wear a mask if you are not feeling 100% and physically distance yourself at least 6 feet between people in accordance with current CDC guidance.
Follow the instructional signage throughout the facility and proper visitor education on COVID-19 signs and symptoms, infection control precautions, and other applicable facility practices.
These core principles are consistent with the most current CDC guidance for nursing homes and are followed at all times.
Visitors who are unable to adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention should not be permitted to visit or will be asked to leave.
Level of Community Transmission
The facility will use the Community Transmission Level metric- NOT the COVID-19 Community Level to determine specific infection control and prevention practices as recommended for the identified level. The Nursing facility will check the COVID-19 Community Transmission Level, via the website, weekly.
Visitors Entering the Facility
The facility must allow indoor visitation at all times and for all residents/tenants as permitted under regulations. The facility will no longer limit the frequency and length of visits for residents/tenants, the number of visitors, or require advance scheduling of visits. Again, we ask that if you are not feeling well, defer your visit.
Indoor Visitation during an Outbreak Investigation
Visitors will still be allowed in the facility.
Visitors should be made aware of the potential risk of visiting via posted signs on entry doors, the signs will specify what precautions are necessary in order to visit the resident/tenant during an outbreak investigation and adhere to the Core Principles of COVID-19
Although there is no limit to the number of visitors that a resident/tenants can have at one time, visits should be conducted in a manner that adheres to the Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention listed above
Visitors are not required to be tested or vaccinated or show proof of such.
Sharing a meal during your visit
Visitors may eat with a resident/tenant if the resident/tenant (or resident/tenant representative) and the visitor are aware of the risks and adhere to the Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention. If the visitor is unable to physically distance themselves from other residents/tenants, they should not share a meal with the resident/tenant in a common area.
Denise Cheney, RN, Infection Control Nurse/Social worker designee
St. Francis Manor