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Oregon to allow 'limited' indoor visits at long-term care facilities

The Oregon Dept. of Human Services announced Wednesday that visits to some long-term care facilities will begin November 2.

Posted: Oct 28, 2020 9:35 AM

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon officials announced on Wednesday that "limited" visits to long-term care facilities can begin on November 2. Nursing homes, assisted living, and residential care facilities have been largely restricted to visitors since the state went on lockdown in March, though outdoor visits were approved in July.

“As we have throughout this pandemic, when it comes to long-term care facility visitation, we will proceed carefully, to protect the residents who are most vulnerable to COVID-19,” said Governor Kate Brown. “With case counts rising, I have instructed the Department of Human Services to proceed with caution. However, it is my hope that families can now safely begin visiting the loved ones they have not been able to see for so many months.”

Beginning Monday, residents of a care facility can have up to two visitors at a time, meeting in an "approved" area.

The visits are open only to qualifying facilities. In order to qualify, a facility must have no current or suspected coronavirus cases, must follow DHS and federal guidance, and must be in a community with a "low or medium rate" of COVID-19 exposure. For facilities in higher-risk areas, visits are allowed in some limited circumstances — largely for end-of-life situations.


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“We are grateful to everyone who collaborated to develop the safeguards to make this policy possible. Indoor visitation restrictions have been extremely painful for everyone to endure; I hope this change will provide relief to those who are suffering from being separated from family and friends,” said DHS director Fariborz Pakseresht.

The facilities themselves will need to stagger visits in order to limit the number of guests, setting time limits if needed; clean and disinfect surfaces frequently; provide health screenings and PPE for visitors; set up a dedicated visiting area; and keep a log of visitors.

“The indoor visitation policy has many layers to it that strike a balance between safety and the essential need for families and friends to connect," said Mike McCormick, interim director of the DHS Office of Aging and People with Disabilities. "We will continue to monitor outbreaks closely and will modify the policy if that is warranted. The impact of the pandemic is evolving, and we must be ready to continually adapt.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

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Cases: 5061240

Reported Deaths: 74159
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152548627128
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
Alpine1060
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