Visitation resumes at some long-term care facilities

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Visitation is returning to some long-term care facilities in Kentucky, nearly a year after the pandemic closed them to the public.

The new guidelines affects non-certified facilities that have completed vaccinations. Those include independent living, assisted living, personal care, intermediate care and intellectual disability facilities.

Those facilities will also be able to resume communal dining and group activities.

However, as Cabinet for Health and Family Services Inspector General Adam Mather explained, there are some conditions attached to visitation.

“We do ask that all visitors are scheduled with the facility, and this is really an effort to avoid mass gatherings,” Mather said. “We’re asking that these visits are limited to one visitor or two individuals from the same household. In addition, while you’re visiting the facility, you will be screened at the door as well as need to present a negative COVID test or show proof of your vaccination. And we are asking that all visitors continue with basic precautions, and that includes wearing a mask, proper hand hygiene and social distancing.” 

Looking at the latest numbers, Kentucky saw fewer than 1,000 new cases reported on Thursday, bringing the total to nearly 393,000.

Thirty-seven more Kentuckians have died, raising the death toll to 4,373.

There are 935 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, including 260 in intensive care and 130 on ventilators.

The state’s positivity rate is now 7.07 percent.