Area nursing homes suspend visitation, implement limited access restrictions

March 11, 2020 | 12:08 am

Updated March 23, 2020 | 3:48 pm

Due to concerns regarding coronavirus spread, at least four nursing homes in the area have implemented limited access restrictions and regular visiting hours have been suspended.

These nursing homes, all managed through Signature HealthCARE include Hermitage Care and Rehabilitation Center and Signature HealthCARE at Hillcrest, both located in Owensboro, as well as Riverside Care & Rehabilitation Center in Calhoun and Signature HealthCARE of Hartford Rehabilitation & Wellness Center.

A press release from Ann Bowdan Wilder, media/PR/communications manager for Signature HealthCARE describes limited access as “no individual, regardless of reason, will be allowed to enter a facility, except under certain and very specific circumstances, such as end-of-life situations or when essential for a resident’s emotional well-being and care.”

All essential visitors and stakeholders can enter these facilities through only one locked point of entry and exit.

“Upon arrival, and before being granted access, all essential visitors and stakeholders will be screened for recent travel, illness and exposure to individuals having COVID-19,” Bowdan Wilder said. “Regular visiting hours have been temporarily suspended.”

Signature HealthCARE said these visitation restrictions are being implemented for the sake of their residents’ and stakeholders’ health, which is their top priority at all times.

“We are taking a proactive approach in preventing and, if necessary, defending, against this virus through intense monitoring, education and awareness, and appropriate prevention and management,” Signature said, adding that its comprehensive plans and policies concerning the novel coronavirus have been modeled after the guidelines and recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“In addition, our entire Signature team is focused on providing the latest information and education about this emerging and daily evolving virus to our residents, their families, our community and stakeholders,” Bowdan Wilder said.

As of Tuesday, eight individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kentucky. No individuals from Daviess County or the surrounding counties have thus far tested positive for the virus.


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March 11, 2020 | 12:08 am

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