Governor McKee announces new visitation measures for nursing homes, assisted living facilities


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Governor McKee along with the R.I. Department of Health are announcing new visitation measures aimed to keep resident, visitors, and staff safe while also combating the surge of COVID cases in the Ocean State.

The new regulations will have visitors wear a mask, and be required to be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID test, effective immediately.

A negative test result from a rapid antigen test must be from within 48 hours before the time of the visit, 72 hours for a PCR test. A facility may choose to document vaccination proof for visitors so the individual does not have to show their card each visit.

“In addition to rapidly increasing our testing and vaccination capacity, our Administration is taking another crucial step to protect our most vulnerable residents while we address the recent surge in COVID-19 cases,” said Governor McKee. “Our team has worked with nursing home and assisted living facilities to develop a policy that will help alleviate pressure on their operations and keep residents, staff and visitors safe.”

“With COVID-19 case rates elevated in Rhode Island and across the country, we need to take steps to safeguard the members of our community who are more vulnerable,” said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. “If you have a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, the best way to visit safely with that person is to get vaccinated. However, to ensure that residents can still see their loved ones, testing is also an option.”

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