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It saddens me to inform you that after our email went out last evening, we did receive notice that increased visitation restrictions are being put into place effective today 11/3/2020. Please see below excerpts from the RI Dept. of Health’s notice:

“Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), is recommending that all nursing homes and assisted living residences increase visitor restrictions for the next two weeks. This recommendation is made in response to the increasing number of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 globally, and in Rhode Island, at the onset of the influenza respiratory illness season.
Unfortunately, in the last few weeks, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have been increasing, prompting the Director to re-issue her strong recommendation that all nursing and assisted living facilities transition back to Level 3 restrictions for a two-week period.”

As a reminder the Visitation Levels are defined as:

Visitation Level 1: Reduce visitation to protect vulnerable populations.

Visitation, including compassionate care visits, occurs according to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention, the facility visitation plan, and federal guidance.

Anyone who meets the conditions listed below are prohibited from visiting: o Feeling sick or having any symptoms or risk factors for COVID-19 including, but not limited to: o Cough o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing o Fever of chills o Muscle or body aches o Sore throat o Headache o Nausea or vomiting o Diarrhea o Runny nose or stuffy nose o Fatigue o Recent loss of taste o Unable to follow infection control principles to address COVID-19.

Visitation Level 2: Limit visiting hours.

Visitation, including compassionate care visits, occurs according to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention, the facility visitation plan, and federal guidance. Additionally, visitation is limited to a maximum of one three-hour block per day. Anyone who meets the conditions listed below are prohibited from visiting: o Feeling sick or having any symptoms or risk factors for COVID-19 including, but not limited to: o Cough o Shortness of breath o Fever or chills o Muscle or body aches o Sore throat o Headache o Nausea or vomiting o Diarrhea o Runny nose or stuffy nose o Fatigue o Recent loss of taste o Unable to maintain infection control principles to address COVID-19.

Visitation Level 3: No visitation unless required under federal guidance, or in certain other circumstances.

Visitation is suspended unless required under federal guidance (See September 17 CMS Guidance); or in certain other limited clinical circumstances, including compassionate care.

Compassionate Care visits are allowed only under certain circumstances according to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention, the facility visitation plan, and federal guidance. Even under these circumstances, anyone who meets the conditions listed above is prohibited from visiting, in addition to those who are younger than 18.

As these next 2 weeks pass, please be vigilant in your efforts so that we can decrease the spread of this virus. We will continue our efforts as well, reaching out to you through facebook, Facetime (or the like) visits and get visits rescheduled when we are able.

 

Sincerely,

Mary Beth Daigneault
Administrator

St. Clare-Newport | 309 Spring St., Newport, RI 02840

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