OHA changes visitation policies for Oregon nursing homes

OHA said they have the power to change nursing home policy because of Governor Kate Brown's emergency declaration.

Posted: Mar 10, 2020 10:50 PM
Updated: Mar 11, 2020 10:47 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.-- The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Human Services announced new guidelines for nursing homes as the coronavirus continues to spread around the United States.

The announcement came Tuesday night and both agencies said the new guidelines are a precaution to keep older Oregonians safe.

Here are the policies:

  • Restrict visitation to only essential individuals.
  • Limit essential visitors to two per resident at a given time.
  • Screen all permitted visitors for respiratory or other symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 and for recent travel to an affected geographic area or high-risk setting before entering the facilities.
  • Document the screenings for all visitors.
  • Limit community outings.
  • Support residents’ access to socialization when visitors are not able to enter the facility through virtual visits.

In general, OHA said senior citizens should take extra precautions by minimizing contact with those who are ill, staying away from crowded places, washing hands frequently, cleaning surfaces, and keeping hands away from the face.

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