NC Coronavirus: COVID 19 cases still increasing in nursing homes as officials loosen visitor restrictions

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have been hot spots for the novel coronavirus.

Not only do these facilities bring people into close quarters where the virus can spread more easily, but Catherine Sevier, the president of the North Carolina chapter for AARP, said residents in these facilities are some of the most vulnerable to the infection.

“The biggest risk factor for dying from COVID is being older, having a comorbid condition, having another condition that puts you at risk and then being in congregate living,” Sevier said. “So when you put those three things together, that is ‘nursing home’ in bright lights.”

Back in April, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper instituted strict restrictions for nursing homes, banning visitors and closing common spaces to limit the spread of the virus. However, cases still began to spread throughout the

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CT relaxes visitation restrictions at nursing homes

For the first time since March, families can now visit their loved ones indoors at nursing homes as the state relaxed its restrictions on Monday.

The state Department of Public Health’s new order, rescinding the restrictions on indoor visits, came following a directive from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the federal Health and Human Services agency that oversees nursing homes.

Gov. Ned Lamont ordered restrictions on nursing home visitation in March, amid a surge of deaths and COVID-19 infections tied to a nursing home in Kirkland, Wash.

Since the pandemic began, nursing homes have set up virtual visits between residents and their families through video chat services, and began allowing outdoor visits in the late spring. Others set up window visits, where family members would come up to a ground-floor window to see a resident.

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But visitors have

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