Florida nursing home residents have been given permission to leave for Thanksgiving and return to their facilities afterward; however, federal officials are recommending against this. Testing upon their return will not be required, according to a state report, leading to a heightened chance of spreading COVID-19 through their facilities. This allowance comes during a surge of COVID-19 cases throughout the country.
The Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has warned that “nursing homes should educate residents about the risks of leaving” and “encourage them to connect with loved ones virtually.” Local associations recommend families to consider the risk factors and their local COVID-19 rates before welcoming a loved one home from a long-term care facility.
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