Tennessee Covid restrictions at nursing homes ending Sunday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Tennessee Department of Health announced on Wednesday that visitation restrictions on long-term car facilities are ending at the end of Feburary (Sunday).

So next week, it will be much easier to visit loved ones.

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The state is still recommending that facilities go by guidelines that restricts visits if they are currently testing residents or have had new cases in the last two weeks.

But it will be up to the individual operators.

The state says that all of the state’s nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities have administered both doses of the Covid vaccine.

Assisted care living facilities and residential homes should be done by next week.

“The health and safety of vulnerable Tennesseans, especially our long-term care residents, remains our top priority, and our comprehensive and persistent efforts to protect this population from COVID-19 have saved lives,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP.

“Now that vaccinations at all long-term care facilities are nearing completion, we are ready to transition to a more sustainable approach of following these best practices for safe operation of long-term care facilities in Tennessee.”