YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Nursing homes in Ohio are permitted to allow outdoor visitation beginning Monday, July 20.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said nursing homes should assess the following to determine their readiness to allow outdoor visitations:
- Consider the number of COVID cases in the community
- The case status in the nursing home itself
- Staffing levels
- Access to adequate testing for residents and staff
- Personal protection equipment supplies
- Local hospital capacity
On June 8, assisted living and intermediate care facilities were permitted to facilitate outdoor visitations.
DeWine said the Ohio National Guard is making progress toward the long-term goal of testing every nursing home facility, which includes testing staff members as well.