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Gov. DeWine announces Ohio nursing homes can allow outdoor visitations starting July 20

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Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday that Ohio’s nursing homes will be permitted to allow outdoor visitations starting July 20 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

During an unscheduled press conference on Monday, Gov. DeWine said he recognized the lack of engagement with family and friends, and how that may affect a person’s quality of life.

“My job as governor is to protect all Ohioans,” DeWine said during his coronavirus briefing. “Part of that job means putting measures in place to keep people safe from COVID-19. It also means protecting those things that add value to life. Balance has been and remains the operative word in our efforts.


According to the governor, when assessing their readiness to permit outdoor visitation, Ohio’s nursing homes should consider:

  • Case status in community
  • Case status in nursing home
  • Staffing levels
  • Access to adequate testing for residents/staff
  • Personal protective equipment supplies
  • Hospital capacity

“We are confident that our approach provides each facility the flexibility needed to assess their readiness to safely facilitate outdoor visitation — and to do so in a transparent way that keeps residents and families informed,” DeWine said.

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