ROSEBURG, Ore. -- As certain businesses prepare to reopen in phase two, care facilities will remain under strict restrictions for the time being.
Staff at Riverview Terrace on Harvard Avenue said care facilities are not included in phase two, as they follow guidelines laid out by the Oregon Department of Human Resources.
The guidelines have been in place since March, and they instruct care facilities to restrict all visitors and encourage the residents to shelter in place.
Patty Koch, executive director of Riverview Terrace, said these guidelines are to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among residents because senior citizens are considered the most vulnerable.
Koch said they haven’t received any word from DHS as to when they can reopen again.
However, she said family and residents have been very understanding.
“It’s just good to have residents who care for each other,” said Koch. “Who are taking care of each other.”
Koch said the only visitors allowed inside the building are staff, essential workers and medical personnel. They are allowing certain family members inside, only if they're visiting due to end-of-life issues.
Since COVID-19 surfaced in March, dozens of senior citizens have died. According to the DHS website, there are 11 assisted living facilities with confirmed cases across the state.
However, Koch said they’re doing everything they can to keep their resident happy, healthy and safe.
“Our goal is to adhere to all the rules so everyone can stay safe and healthy,” said Koch.