All visitors — including family members, contractors, and volunteers – are being asked to temporarily avoid visiting nursing homes and assisted living settings except for essential circumstances as the coronavirus pandemic builds. Jodi Boyne is with LeadingAge MN:

“We believe aggressive steps are needed to protect the health, safety, and wellness of our residents and the dedicated staff who are working tirelessly to ensure they are receiving quality care and support.”

For those limiting their visits, providers will work to ensure that loved ones can communicate with residents by using video chat, calling, texting, or checking in on social media. They will also provide families with regular updates on the status of their operations.