HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The acting commissioner at the Department of Public Health said her agency is working on a plan to safely loosen visitation restrictions at Connecticut’s nursing homes. During a virtual meeting with state lawmakers on Wednesday, Dr. Deidre Gifford said more is known about COVID-19 since the visitations were stopped in early March to help stop the spread and DPH plans to release guidance on visits soon to the long-term care facilities. Currently outdoor and window visits are allowed.
During Wednesday’s meeting, legislators were told about the emotional toll the ban on indoor visitations has taken on residents, as well as the lack of exercise and communication with the outside world. Gifford said the state is concerned about those things as well.
“We need to strike a balance between protecting people from COVID infections and their mental and emotional well-being,” she said.