Kentucky relaxing COVID rules at some long-term care centers

February 19, 2021 GMT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is relaxing coronavirus-related restrictions at some of its long-term care facilities.

Indoor visitation will resume at non-Medicare-certified facilities that have been through the COVID-19 vaccination process, Gov. Andy Beshear said. Group activities, communal dining and visitations among vaccinated residents will resume, he said.

Included in the updated protocols are assisted living facilities, personal care homes, intermediate care facilities for people with intellectual disabilities and independent living centers, Beshear said.

“It’s been a long journey and it’s exciting to be able to relax some restrictions,” said state Cabinet for Health and Family Services inspector general Adam Mather.

People will be expected to schedule their visits with the facility, and up to two visitors from the same household can visit a resident at one time, state officials said.

Visitors will need to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the visit. The new protocols will take effect Saturday.

Beshear said Friday that more than 550,000 Kentuckians have received at least one dose of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine. The state reported 1,993 new cases of the virus on Friday, along with 28 coronavirus-related deaths.