EUGENE, Ore. -- Starting Monday Nov. 2, family and friends will be able to visit loved ones in-person at some long-term care facilities in Oregon. State health officials say the goal is to strike a balance between safety and the need for family and friends to reconnect after many months apart.
The new rules going into effect will allow for indoor visitation for residents at licensed nursing, assisted living and residential care facilities. Still, there are some limitations on where and how many people will be allowed to visit.
Residents will be allowed to have up to two visitors at a time in an approved area inside the long-term care facility. In order to be eligible for visits, facilities must have no COVID-19 cases, follow visitations requirements by health officials and be in a community with low or medium rates of COVID-19 infections.
Facilities also must take precautions including staggering visits, setting time limits if necessary and taking visitors’ information including names, addresses and phone numbers for contact tracing.
The Oregon Department of Human Services also keeps a list of facilities where cases have been reported and would not be able to have indoor visitation. You can find that list here.