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Minnesota rolls back restrictions on senior home visits as COVID-19 cases decline


March 12, 2021

Renee Jones Schneider - Star Tribune

In June, Victoria Conrad opened her arms to hug her 99-year old father Howard Seitzer as they met for their first face-to-face visit since the COVID-19 pandemic closed off Oak Meadows Senior Living in Oakdale to visitors.

Thousands of Minnesotans who live in senior homes will be able to hug, kiss and hold hands with their loved ones for the first time in months under a new state policy that permits more families to go inside those facilities during the pandemic.

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday that nursing homes and assisted-living facilities should allow indoor visitation "at all times and for all residents" regardless of whether the resident or visitor has been vaccinated, except in certain scenarios.

The action follows new federal recommendations issued Wednesday and builds on Minnesota's existing policies, which already permit the vast majority of the state's 2,100 senior homes to open their doors to visits by family members.


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