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Florida Governor Signs Order to Help Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued Executive Order No. 20-52 March 11, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. This order temporarily restricts visitation to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family-care homes, long-term care facilities and adult group homes located in Florida.

This order has been issued in recognition of the fact that the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19. This is also consistent with directions given by the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Those restricted from visiting our Florida communities include:

  •  Any person infected with COVID-19 who has not had two consecutive negative test results separated by 24 hours;
  • Any person showing or presenting symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, or sore throat;
  • Any person who has or may have been in close contact with a person(s) infected with COVID-19 who has not tested negative for COVID-19 is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their interaction with the person(s) who is infected with COVID-19;
  • Any person who traveled internationally is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their return to the United States;
  • Any person who traveled on a cruise ship is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their return to the United States;
  • Any person who has been in a community with confirmed community spread of COVID-19, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a state public health agency, is prohibited from visiting a facility within 14 days of their presence in the community with community spread; or
  • Any person who resides in a community with confirmed community spread of COVID-19, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a state public health agency, is prohibited from visiting a facility.

Go to https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLDEM/bulletins/280a986 to view the Executive Order.

Even in our communities outside of Florida, we are taking precautions by limiting visiting hours to when a community has a concierge available. Those hours may vary by community, so hours will be visibly posted. We are also requiring all visitors (this includes family, friends, third-party providers and volunteers) to have their temperature taken, answer questions pertaining to COVID-19 and wash hands prior to entering a resident’s apartment or common areas. Please see our post here: https://srimgt.com/coronavirus/community-visitor-screenings-covid-19/