Oregon’s licensed long-term care provider organizations may begin providing limited outdoor visitation for residents if the facility develops a plan to adhere to required safeguards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Following the safety prerequisites, including health screenings, face coverings, physical distancing, and limits on the number of visitors, is mandatory as Oregon continues to experience an increase in outbreaks at long-term care facilities.
The Department of Human Services outdoor visitation policy applies to all facilities licensed by the Office of Aging and People with Disabilities including nursing, assisted living, residential and memory care facilities as well as all adult foster homes. Facilities that are currently coping with COVID-19 cases, or suspected cases, may not offer outside visitation until DHS determines that the outbreak has resolved. All current indoor visitation restrictions issued in March remain in place regardless of the reopening plan status of the county where the facility is located; however, residents are free to leave and return to their facility if following all public health guidance.
The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) is the principal human services agency of the government of the U.S. state of Oregon. ODHS helps Oregonians achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice, and preserve dignity, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
This was reported by Oregon Department of Human Services on July 20, 2020.
Contact information: Elisa Williams, Communications Officer, Oregon Department of Human Services, 500 Summer Street, NE E-15, Salem, Oregon 97301 ; 503-509-9604; Email: email@example.com; Website: www.oregon.gov/dhs