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Yellowstone County Health Officer limits visits to nursing homes

EDUCATIONS – Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton announced on Friday a public health scheme that limits visits to nursing homes in the area.

Felton made the announcement at a press conference Friday afternoon, noting the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in the county and the risk of living in care facilities.

The order comes into force at 12:01 am on Saturday, July 4, and prohibits visits to “skilled care facilities, care homes, memorial care facilities and adult group homes.”

The only exception to the order is “compassionate visit at the end of life,”

; the order says.

For those who visit the end of life, the order requires that they wear a mask or face coat all the time in the facility.

Felton’s order also recommended that all such establishments adopt policies that require workers, contractors, delivery staff, and others who may enter the facility to wear masks or face coatings.

The order will remain in effect until canceled or amended, Felton said.

In issuing the order, Felton said that Yellowstone County “has recently experienced a significant increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases affecting staff and residents of several seniors and assisted living, representing an imminent threat to vulnerable residents living in such facilities.”

See the entire press conference in the video above.

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