Many Oklahoma families have gone at least six months without seeing their loved ones who live in long-term care facilities but there are ways to stay connected to them.
People in long-term care facilities have been isolated since March when Governor Stitt issued a no visitation mandate.
In June, the state came out with a three-phase reopening plan for long-term care facilities.
However, Tulsa County can't get out of phase one because of the high rates of COVID-19 positivity.
Kimberly Green with the Daikonos Group, a long-term care provider, helps families stay connected.
Two ways she helps them do that are with big window visits and organizing Zoom dinner dates.
"You want to have a Wednesday night dinner? You can set up the big window where you're eating on either side, or you can set it up in their room and then you're at home at the dinner table with your family," said Green.
Diakonos Group also has a pen pal program.
If you want to be a pen pal to someone in a long-term care facility Kimberly can match you with a resident to make that happen.
She says the residents faces really light up when they get their letters.
If you're interested in being a pen pal reach out to Kimberly Green at firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you are looking for more information on the Diakonos Group click HERE.