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State to allow in-person visits at some long-term care facilities starting Saturday

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Posted at 5:59 PM, Feb 18, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — The state of Kentucky is updating its visitation protocols in some of the state's long-term care facilities.

"Indoor visitation will resume for non-Medicare-certified facilities that have been through the vaccination process: that includes assisted living facilities, personal care homes, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and independent living facilities,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. "Group activities, communal dining and visitation amongst vaccinated residents will resume."

This change will take effect Saturday, Feb. 20.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services inspector general Adam Mather added, "I want to thank residents and their families for their patience during this pandemic. It’s been a long journey and it’s exciting to be able to relax some restrictions. I want to reiterate that this relaxation only applies to facilities that are not Medicare-certified at this time. Thanks to Walgreens and CVS for their quick vaccination efforts to make this happen."

Visitors must schedule with the facility ahead of time. Up to two visitors (if from the same household) can visit a resident at one time. Visitors need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the visit or of a COVID-19 vaccination. Detailed guidance will be posted here on Friday.