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Interim COVID-19 Visitation Policy  Reopening of Visitation
Date Implemented: 03/24/2020 Date Reviewed/ Revised: 07/13/2020 Reviewed/ Revised By: Administration


Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in compliance with the New York State Department of Health Advisory dated July 10, 2020 will resume limited visitation, under the following conditions to reopen.

  1. Hopkins Center will have a specific plan in compliance with the health advisory. Some of the key points are:
  2. Hopkins Center must be in full compliance with all state and federal requirements, executive

       orders, guidance and state reporting requirements.

  1. Hopkins Center has protocols in place to cohort positive, negative, and unknown residents.
  2. Hopkins Center has completed and submitted a copy of the NY Safety Plan to the Department of

Health. This plan must specify the space to be used for visitation, number of visitors and that all visitors must maintain social distancing. This plan must be accompanied by an attestation of compliance.

  1. There must be no new cases of COVID 19 for both residents and employees as reported to the

    NHSN for a period of no less than twenty-eight days(28) days, consistent with CMS established


  1. Hopkins Center must have access to adequate testing and a testing plan that all residents have a

    single baseline COVID test.
e. Hopkins Center will have the capacity to continue retesting staff and residents as applicable.

  1. Hopkins Center will adhere to written screening protocols for all staff each shift, each resident,

             and all persons entering the facility including visitors.

         g .Hopkins Center visiting plan will be posted to its website @ Hopkins Center.com


 Please note that visitation will be paused if the number of incidence as to confirmed cases of positive COVID 19 diagnosis amongst residents and employees increases.

If all of the above  mandated guidelines has been deemed met by Hopkins Center, resumption  of limited visitation will commence, and protocol are as follows:

  1. Visitation will be limited to outdoor areas. Visitation will be limited to 10 family members at a time wearing a facemask or face covering, and simultaneously maintaining social distance of at least 6 feet. Floor markings will be placed in appropriate areas to ensure social distancing. Hopkins Center will have a staff member assigned to specific areas to monitor and ensure that all safety measures are in place and continuously observed by residents and visitors.
  2. Visitation in resident’s rooms will be strictly prohibited; no family will be permitted on the nursing units.


  1. After each visit all areas will be cleaned and disinfected after each and every visit using an EPA approved disinfectant.
  2. Visitors will be screened for fever or respiratory illness prior to entry. Those with symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat) will not be permitted to enter.
  3. Each visitor will be required to perform hand hygiene and wear a face mask that will be

          provided by the facility. Each will be reminded to frequently perform hand hygiene.

  1. Screening (questionnaires and temperature check) is mandatory, and any visitor who refuses

         to be screened will be denied visitation. Additionally, if the visitor displays any COVID-19

         symptoms they will also be denied admission for  visitation.

  1. These screens will be made accessible and immediately available to the Department of

          health upon request. The screen will have the following documentation:

  1. First and last name of the visitor:
  2. Physical street address of the visitor:

         iii. Daytime and evening telephone number:

  1. Date and time of visit
  2. Email address

         vi Documentation that the individual was cleared for visitation following the screening,

             Listing the temperature and questions filled out.

  1. All visitors must refrain from physical contact with resident and other people while in the

     facility, i.e., must maintain social distance, with no hand-shaking or hugging, and remaining 6

     feet apart from the other person.

  1. All visitors will be asked to self-monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of respiratory

    Illness, and report to the facility- if there are any evidence of symptoms within 14 days after

    visiting the facility.

  1. No more than two visitors will be allowed per resident at any one time.
  2. Current COVID-19 positive residents or any resident presenting symptoms will not be

    permitted visitation.

  1. Please visit https://coronavirus.health.health.ny.gov/information-healthcare-providers for

     topics related to COVID-19.





       Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  QSO-20-14-NH: Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of

       Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes (3-13-20 revision).