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Indoor visitation guidance released for residential care facilities

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Posted at 4:56 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 18:56:05-04

COLORADO — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released guidance for indoor visitation in residential care facilities on Sept. 3.

Currently, visitation can be offered at residential care facilities under compassionate circumstances and in outdoor environments. This new guidance expands visitation opportunities for facilities that meet certain criteria.

"After releasing draft guidance last week, we received feedback from residents, families, friends, and essential workers in residential care facilities. After reviewing the feedback and keeping in mind the safety risks with visitation, we are providing guidance for limited indoor visitation opportunities," said Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer, CDPHE.

This guidance also allows for service providers such as beauticians, barbers, dentists and therapists to visit residential care facilities if the facilities meet certain criteria.

Residential facilities may implement indoor visitation when they meet all the criteria under six categories. Those categories include: degree of community spread, baseline testing, surveillance and outbreak testing, outbreak-free, PPE supply and critical staffing.

For more information on the indoor visitation guidance and indoor visitation criteria click here.