The Ohio Department of Health announced on Thursday, Oct. 8 that Ottawa County had been moved from “Yellow” to “Orange,” or Level 1 to Level 2, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases around the area. An order for indoor visitation was also signed, permitting nursing facility residents to have visitors, but with many precautions.
The change now requires the nurses, nursing assistants, activities, therapy, reception and beautician/barber at Riverview Healthcare Campus, in Oak Harbor, must wear a surgical mask, as well as eye protection, said Infection Preventionist, Jen Litz, RN, BSN.
Riverview Campus officials report that they have yet to have a case of COVID-19 at the facility. Here are the Riverview requirements for visitors, reported Litz:
- The visit must be scheduled for Nursing Home residents through the front desk, and Assisted Living Residents through the Hartford Charge Nurse.
- Nursing Home Visits will be held in the Bar Area of Townsquare, the Ante Room and the Theater.
- Assisted Living Visits will be held in the Witt’s Retreat or Lounge across from the Nurses’ Station.
- Only two visitors per resident/per day, with only one visit per day permitted.
- No pets or children under 8 (this is a change from 12).
- Visits are only permitted for 30 minutes.
- Visitors must be screened.
- Visitors can not leave the visitation area. They will not be permitted in resident rooms and there will not be a restroom available to them during the visit.
- Mask wearing and social distancing must be maintained the entire visit.
- No food or drink is permitted.
Residents and their representatives will be receiving information in the mail.