Indiana releases new guidelines for outdoor visitation at long-term care facilities

Published: Jun. 3, 2020 at 5:51 PM EDT
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New guidelines are outlining how families and friends can have outdoor visitation with residents of long-term care facilities.

However, communal spread of COVID-19 in a long-term facility must be controlled which means the county of the facility must have successfully transitioned past the Indiana Back on Track Stage 2 criteria.

"While the congregate nature of a nursing home may amplify the spread of COVID-19, evidence in scientific literature has shown that transmission risks are much lower outdoors," officials said. "We believe that the risk of transmission in long-term care facilities and the need for families and partners, those interactions can be balanced."

Health officials also say they believe they're in a position to do widespread testing for nursing home staff members.

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