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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

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Cases: 65170

Reported Deaths: 820
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Washington881596
Marion8321127
Clackamas535376
Umatilla409948
Lane382037
Jackson335623
Malheur230839
Deschutes191114
Yamhill156516
Linn126018
Polk105115
Douglas80415
Jefferson76511
Benton7097
Union6912
Klamath6854
Morrow6197
Lincoln56313
Wasco47218
Josephine4314
Columbia4223
Coos3831
Hood River3611
Clatsop3330
Baker2573
Crook1906
Grant1221
Tillamook1110
Curry1052
Lake980
Harney861
Wallowa702
Sherman230
Gilliam210
Wheeler20
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Cases: 1114524

Reported Deaths: 18726
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San Bernardino845311129
Riverside806761400
San Diego71648968
Orange696941554
Kern38316445
Fresno35973471
Sacramento33133546
Santa Clara30676463
Alameda27485499
San Joaquin24649503
Contra Costa22412258
Stanislaus20370416
Tulare19752303
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Imperial15053353
San Francisco14445158
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San Mateo13203169
Sonoma11428155
Merced10986176
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Kings1003886
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Marin7518128
Placer577867
Madera571480
San Luis Obispo561835
Yolo419975
Shasta409542
Santa Cruz389827
Butte366459
Napa275717
Sutter263813
El Dorado19304
San Benito174115
Yuba173210
Lassen14803
Tehama143523
Mendocino138522
Nevada10189
Lake83218
Glenn8296
Humboldt7309
Tuolumne7088
Colusa6426
Mono4993
Siskiyou4951
Amador45016
Calaveras43421
Inyo28316
Del Norte2731
Plumas1770
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