Long-term care facilities can now offer outdoor visitation

Facilities must have no coronavirus cases and follow certain safeguards.

Posted: Jul 22, 2020 8:22 AM
Updated: Jul 22, 2020 10:53 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon’s licensed long-term care providers may begin providing limited outdoor visitation for residents, but only if the facility develops a plan to adhere to required safeguards to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

They include but are not limited to:

  • Health screenings
  • Face coverings
  • Physical distancing
  • Limits on the number of visitors

“We hope this policy provides some relief to residents, their family members and friends who we know have suffered extreme hardship as a result of visitation restrictions required during the pandemic,” said Mike McCormick, interim director of the Department of Human Services Office of Aging and People with Disabilities. “Balancing resident safety with the essential need to have contact with family and friends is challenging as COVID-19 presents life-threatening risks and spreads rapidly in congregate care settings.”

The Department of Human Services says that facilities currently coping with COVID-19 cases, or suspected cases, may not offer outside visitation until DHS determines the outbreak has resolved.

All current indoor visitation restrictions issued in March remain in place regardless of the reopening plan status of the county where the facility is located; however, residents are free to leave and return to their facility if following all public health guidance.

For more information on DHS requirements for facilities providing outdoor visitation, see a copy of the policy issued here.

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