Governor Stitt Announces Guidance For Nursing Home, Long-Term Care Facility Visitations

Friday, June 12th 2020, 12:30 pm
By: Amber Cannon

Governor Kevin Stitt issued an amended executive order Friday that allows visitations to long-term care facilities to resume in a phased approach starting on June 15th.

The Oklahoma Department of Health released guidance to help ensure the safety of “Oklahomans who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19.”

The OSDH said its guidance is based on the best practices from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the CDC and state trade associations.

Officials said the guidance has three phases based on the prevalence of COVID-19 in each facility, its surrounding community, PPE availability, staffing levels, and local hospital capacity.

“It is important we take a measured and responsible approach to allowing visitors to our nursing homes and long-term care facilities, just as we did with the rest of our state,” said Gov. Stitt. “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.”