Dozens of long-term care facilities can begin reopening
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More than a third of North Dakota’s long-term care facilities have gotten state approval to begin reopening.
Eighty-two of the 218 facilities have completed testing to qualify for the first phase of reopening.
Visitation at nursing homes and assisted living facilities has been restricted since April 6 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday announced visits could resume, but in phases. The Bismarck Tribune says the first phase of the state’s three-phase plan allows outdoor visitation with proper safeguards such as masks and physical distancing. It allows for communal dining to resume and limited group activities for residents.
Phase two involves resuming indoor visitation with restrictions and phase three is fully opened visitation with screening of visitors. Moving into those phases will depend on several factors, including a county’s case status and whether there are active cases in a facility.
Health officials say long-term care facilities in North Dakota have had 53 coronavirus-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.