Why Is Stopping In-Person Visitation Important?
In recent days, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered to prohibit all visitation to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family-care homes, long-term care facilities and adult group homes for the next 30 days.
Some may think this is going too far, however we wanted to let you know why this is important to our residents and their welfare since coronavirus is spread quite easily. By keeping visitors out of our communities, there is a lower chance of it encountering our residents.
I’m not sick and don’t feel sick. Why can’t I visit? People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest), however, some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with COVID-19.
Even though visitors and family members might feel healthy, they very well might be spreading the virus without knowing it.
How is this virus mainly spread? The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person, and between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This happens when respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and those droplets land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.
Does the virus just stay on people? It may be possible a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it. Although our communities are cleaning and disinfecting, having visitors who have no symptoms unknowingly contaminate services puts our residents at risk.
What about healthcare providers? Can they still enter?
Prohibiting visitors to facilities does not apply to any third party providing necessary healthcare to a resident if that third-party person is screened prior to entering. Screening for temperature elevation and other criteria regarding symptoms, as well as recent travel, is the only way third parties will be prohibited from entering. They would also be expected to wear personal protective equipment.