Harsher Restrictions Placed on Long Term Care Facilities

103 of Kentucky's 120 counties are currently in the red zone.

Posted: Nov 16, 2020 4:49 PM

Governor Andy Beshear announcing a rise in COVID-19 cases inside long-term care facilities.

As we move closer to the holidays nursing homes are implementing new restrictions to keep residents and their loved ones safe.

"The cabinet has sent out new guidance, in fact new guidance has come out today" says Shari Newton the Director of Red Banks Skilled Nursing Center in Henderson.

103 of Kentucky's 120 counties are currently in the red zone.  Long-term nursing centers in Kentucky are among the hardest hit with the Coronavirus.

"We are going to severally limit holiday visitation, if someone leaves the facility and comes back in we are going to ask them to quarantine" said Sec. Eric Friedlander during Gov. Andy Beshear news conference.

More people are in Kentucky hospitals and ICU's than ever before, the Kentucky's Governor expressing concern for our most vulnerable citizens adding "Long term care facilities continues to be heartbreaking, 52 new residents testing positive, 67 new staff, an additional 52 deaths in long term care facilities".

During a time when families gather, visitation at Red Banks has been halted, like many other long-term care facilities across the Tri-State.

"The guidance included visitation restrictions, use of the P-P-E that the staff are wearing, limiting appointments outside of the facility, increasing telehealth visitation with doctors to minimize the amount of people leaving the facility" added Newton a registered nurse.

The pandemic forcing the executive director and her team to come up with new ways for families to communicate during the holidays, as the state calls on facilities to encourage outdoor visits if possible.

Newton adds "Not everyone wants to do a window visit, we do have the ability to facetime so families like to take advantage of that"

Red Banks Nursing Home was hit hard with positive COVID-19 cases, fortunately for the long-term care facility, right now all of their 123 residents are Coronavirus free.

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The bitterly cold start to our Wednesday will inevitably lead to a cooler-than-average afternoon across the Tri-State. We're currently expecting an afternoon high of 26° in Evansville on Wednesday afternoon (that’s 17° below average for this time of the year). Temperatures will once again dive back down towards the teens for many of us overnight and into early Thursday. As for right now Thursday morning looks as though will be slightly warmer, but only just - believes model data indicates that we will see a morning low temperature of 14° under partly cloudy skies in Evansville tomorrow morning.
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