WASHINGTON. – The Biden administration on Wednesday released revised guidelines for nursing home visits during the coronavirus epidemic, allowing guests to enter to see residents regardless of whether or not they were vaccinated.
The recommendations, released by the Medicare and Medicaid Services Centers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are the first revision of the federal government’s nursing home guidelines since September.
Federal officials said in the new guideline that outdoor visits are still preferred because of the lower risk of transmission, even when residents and guests are fully vaccinated.
In a statement outlining the reasons for updating the recommendations, Dr. Lee A., Chief Medical Officer of the General Medical Center. Fleischer notes the decline in coronavirus cases in nursing home residents, the millions of vaccines given to staff. in nursing homes.
“The CMS is aware of the psychological, emotional and physical damage that the isolation and separation from the family has done to the residents of the nursing home and their families,” he said.
At the beginning of the epidemic, the coronavirus spread to long-term care facilities in the United States, accounting for more than a third of all viral deaths since late spring. But since the advent of vaccines, new cases in nursing homes have fallen sharply, surpassing national declines.
Legally binding proposals introduced proposed restrictions, stating that “responsible in-house visits” should be permitted at all times as long as the guest is visiting an unvaccinated resident where the COVID-19 positivity level is above 10. Less than 70% of the residents of the nursing home have been fully vaccinated. The guideline states that visits should be limited if residents have COVID-19 or are in quarantine.
The guideline states that so-called compassionate care visits should be permitted when a resident’s health has deteriorated severely, regardless of vaccination status or county status.