The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new guidance for indoor visitation at residential care facilities that house older adults and people with disabilities.
Health officials still encourage facilities to have visits happen outside as long as the weather permits, but indoor visits are allowed for family and friends at facilities that meet the standards set by the state including:
- The facility must be located in a county with less than a 10% two-week positivity rate.
- Ongoing weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing.
- There must not be a current COVID-19 outbreak or any other disease outbreak such as the flu.
- Must have a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Must have adequate staffing level and continue providing ongoing training the latest COVID-19 prevention protocols.
“The updated guidance balances the need to be as safe as possible in facilities that continue to be at highest risk-- with the need for visitations. We know that visitations are critical to the health and wellbeing of those served by the facilities, so we are proceeding cautiously, and we will continue to closely monitor and respond to the situation,” Randy Kuykendall, Director of CDPHE's Health Facilities and EMS Division, said in the release.