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