CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Both Tennessee and Georgia will soon be able to visit their loved ones who are inside long term care facilities.
Starting October 1st, facilities that have gone at least 14 days with no new COVID-19 cases among staff or residents will be allowed to offer outdoor or limited indoor visitation with residents.
Residents in long term care facilities are among the most vulnerable.
So, what will visitation look like for loved ones?
Regional Hospital Coordinator for Emergency preparedness, Virginia Wolverton says, “They are limiting the time to 45 minutes to allow a number of people to have guests and they have to meet in designated areas. They can’t just roam around.”
According to Wolverton, COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed inside and outside of all facilities.
This includes the use of masks and social distancing.
Visiting a patients individual room is not very likely.
“To have a visit in the residents room, there are limited reasons for doing that one would be that the resident could not leave the room,” adds Wolverton.
In many places, loved ones have not seen each other since March.
The health department wants you to remember two important facts when you finally get to see those special people.
“Social distancing is going to be just as important there as it is everywhere else we go and bring your smile because those residents are really looking forward to seeing you.”