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Dear Family Member or Designated Representative,
Topic: Visitation Plan and Policy during a Pandemic
Effective Date: 7/10/2020
Revised: 9/15/2020; 9/17/2020, 10/08/2020
In conjunction with NYSDOH memo of July 10, 2020 and our Covid-19 Management plan, the following policy will be followed for the safe return of Visitors for our Residents.
The Facility will follow all NYSDOH and CMS guidelines to ensure appropriate Infection Control and to minimize any transmission risk. This includes the latest revised guidance from NYSDOH issued September 15, 2020 and effective September 17, 2020.
and when visitation is paused due to an increase in the number of residents and/or staff with confirmed positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
The Following General Guidelines and Criteria will be followed:
For residents who are bed bound we will continue to use alternative methods of visitation such as through videoconferencing through skype or facetime as much as possible. Limited visitation may be permitted but must adhere to the same requirements for other visitors as much as possible. Visitors must go to the patient room and not any other areas in the facility.
Physical space, distancing, and occupancy:
Cleaning and disinfecting procedures:
Resumption of existing construction projects, and specifically, those projects directly impacting the lives of nursing home residents that were previously approved by the NYSDOH with submission of and approval by the Department of a revised mitigation/prevention plan outlining at a minimum, testing, screening, PPE use, distance from residents, etc.
Under no circumstance such resumption of a renovation or construction project(s) in or adjacent to a functioning and occupied dedicated COVID unit.