New Guidelines Set for Care Facilities

VERMONT - As COVID cases continue to rise throughout the US, Vermont continues to be an example for having one of the lowest rates in the country. While this may be positive news, the Center Medicare And Medicade, or CMS, developed new guidelines for nursing homes and long term care facilities that were announced at Governor Scott's Tuesday press conference. These guidelines include the following:

  • If cases are below 5 percent in a county staff must still be tested monthly.
  • If it cases are over 5 percent, testing will be weekly.
  • Should there be a positive case with in a care facility, visitations for the public will be suspended.
  • For anyone wanting to visit, things such as wearing masks and corinteening must take places prior to visiting a loved one.

"Facilities will be held to high standards and visitors will be held to the same high standards. We know that an inability to see family and loved ones has had an impact on our long term care residenars. We want to ensure that we address that impact while still keeping our long term care residents safe," explained Mike Smith, Director of Health and Safety.

The CMS has also said that folks must be screened social distance, and wear masks while visiting their loved ones. Facilities can allow 2 visitors at a time and must be scheduled in advance.