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Coronavirus and Nursing Homes

Authored By: Northwest Justice Project
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Read the rules for visiting a nursing home.



On March 7, 2020, the Governor of Washington announced these new rules for nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Washington State:

  • Visitors must be adults. Visits must take place in the resident's room. This does not apply to end-of-life situations.

  • Visitors must follow COVID-19 screening. You must also follow reasonable precautionary measures. These include, but are not limited to, wearing personal protective equipment, social distancing, or visiting only in special rooms in the home. (Management may set aside special rooms for visiting.)

  • All visitors must sign into a visitor's log.

  • Owners and operators must keep the visitor's log for 30 days.

  • Workers and volunteers must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms when you start each shift.

  • If you live in a nursing home or assisted living facility and you test positive for COVID-19, you must be isolated. You will be kept away from other people.

  • Owners, operators, staff and volunteers cannot give out protected and confidential health information. There are some legal exceptions to this. It is also okay to do so if the resident agrees to let you give out information.

These rules are in effect until midnight on April 9, 2020.

Last Review and Update: Mar 11, 2020