Steuben Restricts Nursing Home Visitation
By: Sheila McCrea - Thursday, November 19, 2020

ANGOLA — Steuben County Health Officer Dr. Ted Crisman has issued an order restricting visitation in nursing homes.

The order was instituted as a preventative measure stating long-term care facilities should restrict indoor visitation by non-medical professionals. There is an exception for compassionate care situations, such as end-of-life situations.

According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, Steuben County a positivity rate of 17.3%, and is marked level red.

In the order Dr. Crisman explained and stated, “Long-term care facilities are not required to offer, and should restrict, indoor visitation by non-medical professionals. To the extent a long-term care facility wishes to offer outdoor visitation as permitted by the Indiana Department of Health, it must develop an outdoor visitation plan to implement measures and institute safeguards to ensure a safe environment for its residents, workers, and visitors”.

The order will be in effect until December 18th.


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