Kansas Governor backs new guidelines on nursing home visits

September 29, 2020 - 2:37 pm

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says she supports new federal guidelines detailing how nursing homes can begin allowing visits to patients.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week said nursing homes should continue to follow COVID-19 related protocols, such as social distancing and temperature screening.

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But it said indoor visitations can be allowed at facilities that take Medicare and Medicaid if they have not had any new COVID-19 cases for 14 days and are not conducting active outbreak testing.

State officials said Tuesday that it will take some time to implement the new guidance because each facility will have to respond according to their own circumstances.

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