Iowa public health officials expanding visitation options for nursing homes

Iowa public health officials expanding visitation options for nursing homes

DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) – Iowa health officials have issued updated guidance for nursing homes to expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, facilities should allow responsible indoor visitation at all times and for all residents. This is regardless of the vaccination status of the resident or visitor unless certain scenarios arise that would limit visits.

Those scenarios include the following:

Unvaccinated residents should have limited visitation if the COVID-19 county positivity rate is greater than 10% and less than 70% of facility residents are fully vaccinated. Residents with a confirmed COVID-19 infection, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, should have limited visitation until they have met the criteria to discontinue transmission-based precautions. Residents in quarantine, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, should have limited visitation until they meet the criteria to be released from quarantine.

The change in guidelines comes as Iowa anticipates having one million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the near future.

To date, the IDPH has reported 139,142 vaccine doses have been administered to Iowa long-term care facilities. Officials say 75,125 were first doses and 64,017 were second doses. Resident doses account for 78,204 of the total and 60,963 are staff….

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