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Nursing Home Guidelines Change Amid Coronavirus Concerns

While Maryland officials continue to impose restrictions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, nursing homes statewide are being instructed to change visitor and staff policies.

Over the weekend, a resident at Lorien Elkridge, a nursing home facility in Howard County, tested positive for coronavirus. The resident has been hospitalized, and the facility is in the process of notifying all residents, staff and family members.

Following that positive case, the Maryland Department of Health reiterated its policies regarding nursing homes and other facilities that serve older adults:

  • Restrict access to essential visits only.
  • Restrict activities and visitors with potential for exposure.
  • Actively screen individuals entering the building and restrict entry to those with respiratory symptoms or possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • Require all individuals entering the building to wash their hands at entry.
  • Establish processes to allow remote communication for residents and others.
  • Prohibit all staff from international travel.

 

The Maryland Department of Health also established a hotline for any who has questions about this information.

 

The toll-free MDH hotline is 1-877-319-1525. The call center is available every day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

 

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