Minnesota to require low-risk care homes be re-open to visitors
Washington County on Wisconsin border hits 142 cases in a single day
October 13, 2020
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Stressing the need to balance safety with the wellbeing of residents in long-term care, the Minnesota Department of Health loosened its guidance for nursing homes on Monday, Oct. 12.
The new state policy will better conform with updated federal guidance, a change from merely allowing homes that have lower risk of COVID-19 spread to reopen for visitors, to requiring they do so.
"If facilities have not had a COVID-19 case in the last 14 days, broader visitation must be allowed," MDH Director of Health Facilities Complaints Lindsey Krueger said Monday during a call with the media. "At 109 cases per 1000 long term care residents, Minnesota is 40th nationally in resident cases per 1,000 residents."