The administration of Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced that all visitors to nursing homes must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test before entering.
“We know that some of the people who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 include those living in nursing homes, so we must be doing everything we can to protect them from this virus,” the Democratic governor said. in a statement announcing that he has signed an executive order (pdf) that applies to all nursing facilities in the state. “This is another precaution we can take at these sites to keep them safe.”
Visitors must now show they have received a COVID-19 vaccine or “if eligible, as recommended by the FDA or CDC, received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine,” his office said, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. diseases and food. and the Drug Administration.
Or they will have to provide either electronic or paper proof of a negative COVID-19 test, according to his office. The rapid antigen test must be carried out within the previous 48 hours, and in the case of PCR, within 72 hours.
At the nursing office, visitors can also take a rapid antigen test to see if they have tested positive for COVID-19. His order went into effect on Saturday, January 22.
“The order requires nursing homes to deny entry to any visitor who tests positive for COVID-19 or who refuses to take a rapid antigen test,” Lamont’s office said in a statement. “The order further provides, as directed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, that a nursing home cannot refuse entry to any visitor who wishes to take a rapid antigen test but cannot do so because the nursing home cannot do so. provide a rapid antigen test.”
The state will also distribute tens of thousands of rapid antigen tests to nursing homes in Connecticut.
“We don’t know how long this will last, we expect it to last for a while, so we need to make sure we’re ready for it,” J.P. Venua, CEO of Masonicare, told local media. “If someone refuses to take an antigen test and they don’t have proof of a vaccine, we can’t let them in.”
The latest COVID-19-related directive was issued as Connecticut recently asked the state to accept hospitalized COVID-19 patients from hospitals, according to Department of Public Health guidance.
“Hospitalized patients should be discharged from emergency departments when clinically indicated, regardless of COVID-19 status,” Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Jootani wrote in a two-page memo.
“Discharge should not be delayed due to an upcoming SARS-CoV-2 test as PAC providers (post-ER) must now have a quarantine policy based on COVID-19 vaccination status,” Jutani wrote, referring to another name. for the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus that causes COVID-19 disease. “PAH providers should be equipped to safely care for people with active COVID-19 who are ready to be discharged from the emergency department.”