Nursing home visits can resume in Oklahoma, with precautions

Nursing home visits can resume in Oklahoma, with precautions
People may resume visiting patients at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Oklahoma starting next week, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday. (Source: WOIO)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — People may resume visiting patients at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Oklahoma starting next week, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday.

Visitors will need to make appointments, wear masks and follow rules on 6-foot social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Stitt said in a statement announcing the phased-in reopening of such facilities. Facilities also must screen visitors for symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, including by checking people’s temperatures.

“It is important we take a measured and responsible approach to allowing visitors to our nursing homes and long-term care facilities,” Stitt, a Republican, said. “This guidance will allow us to continue to protect the health and lives of Oklahomans while allowing them to safely resume valuable interactions with their loved ones.”