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Visitation Restricted to Nursing Homes

Alternative ways to keep in touch with your loved ones

The state is taking proactive measures to protect older residents from the COVID-19 coronavirus by restricting visitations to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other similar locations, according to an Emergency Order announcement by the governor’s office.

Older people are at a higher risk for the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The order prevents the following groups of people from visiting:

  • Any person infected with COVID-19 who has not had two consecutive negative test results separated by 24 hours
  • Any person showing or presenting symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, or sore throat
  • Any person who has or may have been in close contact with a person(s) infected with COVID-19 who has not tested negative for COVID-19 is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their interaction with the person(s) who is infected with COVID-19;
  • Any person who traveled internationally is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their return to the United States;
  • Any person who traveled on a cruise ship is prohibited from visiting a facility until 14 days after their return to the United States;
  • Any person who has been in a community with confirmed community spread of COVID-19, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a state public health agency, is prohibited from visiting a facility within 14 days of their presence in the community with community spread; or
  • Any person who resides in a community with confirmed community spread of COVID-19, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a state public health agency, is prohibited from visiting a facility.

Read the full Emergency Order here.

Can’t visit your elderly family member? Here are some great ways to keep in touch:

Facetime or Video Chat

If possible, do a video call or Facetime with your loved one. Not only is it a great way to stay connected, it can be a great way to discuss important business that is better handed “face to face.”

Text Them

Sending an inspirational quote or a funny photo daily can serve as a bright spot in their day and help them feel more connected.

Call Them

Checking in with a nightly phone call can help your loved one feel like you’re thinking about them, and gives them with a chance to talk about their fears or concerns.

Get Connected. Stay Alert.
For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the region, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates.