Visitation Update 7-8-21

Dear Residents and Families,

We are excited that with the increased availability of vaccines and the decrease in COVID-19 case numbers, that we can welcome more visitors to our facility.  We wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the visitation guidelines since the State of Ohio has discontinued many of the prior COVID-19 public health orders.

Although vaccination status is not a condition of visitation, we strongly encourage all families and visitors to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you have not already.  There are dangerous COVID-19 variants spreading in the United States (like the Delta variant), and the vaccines are proving to be effective in preventing serious illness even against those variants.  Our residents are all considered high risk, so having as many residents and visitors vaccinated as possible will save lives.  If you have questions about the vaccine or want to discuss it with one of medical staff members, please let us know.

Visitation Requirements

We will continue to have scheduled visitation in a designated area within the facility.  Visiting hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 1-3 PM, and each visitation slot will be 30 minutes long.  All visitors will be required to screen at our main entrance before their visit and wear a mask throughout their visit.  Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or with a temperature of greater than (100°F) will be asked to reschedule their visit.  Children are permitted to visit but must be able keep their masks on and follow directions during the entire visit.  Social distancing during visitation is required for residents who are not vaccinated.

Visitation for New Admissions

New admissions who have been fully vaccinated with their second dose being at least two weeks prior to admission may welcome visitors as described above.  New admissions who are not fully vaccinated will be in transmission-based precautions for the first 14 days of their stay.  Visitation is limited to compassionate care visits while under transmission-based precautions.  Even if someone received the first dose of the two-dose course or if the second dose was given in the two weeks prior to admission to our facility, that person is not considered “fully vaccinated.” To learn more about compassionate care visits, please contact our facility for more details.

Visitation If There are Positive Cases

We continue to monitor our residents and staff for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and test as needed.  If a staff member or resident test positive for COVID-19, visitation on that unit will be stopped until we have completed two weeks of testing without any new positive cases.  If there are positive cases on two or more units, visitation for the entire facility will stop until two weeks of testing are completed with no new positive cases.

The pandemic has improved in so many meaningful ways, but it is not over.  Please continue to practice frequent hand hygiene during your visit, either by washing your hands or by using 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  As most public businesses have also relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, please continue to wear masks in public if you are unvaccinated.  We cannot stress enough that the best protection for you, your family and our residents and staff is to accept the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.  Full protection is not achieved until 2 weeks after the second dose of the vaccine, so do not delay.