Maryland to remove child care capacity limits, allow indoor visitation at nursing homes

As coronavirus infections and deaths continue at a low, steady pace in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday relaxed more pandemic-induced restrictions — and encouraged residents to prepare for the upcoming flu season.

Nursing homes that have limited visitors to outdoor meetings will now be able to offer indoor visits if the facility doesn’t have an outbreak or any new positive cases in the last 14 days, Hogan said. If the local jurisdiction’s positivity rate rises above 10%, no visitors will be allowed, as well.

And child care centers can increase the number of children they serve. Providers will now be able to operate at full capacity.

Since May, Hogan has gradually lifted restrictions so that almost all businesses are open in some fashion, though most must operate with capacity limits and follow health precautions. Masks continue to be required in indoor spaces and outdoors when social distancing is not

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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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Indoor Visitation At Connecticut Nursing Homes Resumes

CONNECTICUT — Long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, may resume indoor visitation effective immediately, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday.

The new order follows newly issued guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and rescinds a previous directive from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

“Making the decision to limit in-person visits at nursing homes is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do as governor, but amid the outbreak of this pandemic that is impacting the lives of so many people in our senior population, I knew it was the right thing to do,” Lamont said. “Each facility is strongly urged to develop a visitation plan and strictly adhere to it to the greatest extent possible so that we can keep this virus from spreading and impacting our most vulnerable patients.”

Nursing homes may open for indoor visitation under certain conditions, including that there has been

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