Kentucky relaxes rules on indoor visitation at long-term care facilities

Beshear also announced two new vaccinations sites in Northern Kentucky Thursday.

Gov. Beshear announces new regional vaccination sites in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Loved ones of long-term care residents in Kentucky will soon be able to visit them in person for the first time since the pandemic began.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday restrictions against indoor visits at most long-term care facilities in Kentucky are being lifted.

Indoor visitation will resume for residents who have been fully vaccinated.

Visitors will need to provide proof of vaccination themselves or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering the facility. Visitors will also be screened at the door.

The new guidance covers assisted living facilities, personal care homes, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and independent living facilities.

It does not apply to non-Medicare certified facilities or acute care facilities.

All visits must be scheduled in advance. Visits may not exceed one visitor or two visitors from the same household.

As well as visitation, group activities and communal dining may also resume for fully vaccinated residents.

Detailed guidance will be posted here Friday.

More NKY vaccination sites

Beshear also announced two new vaccinations sites in Northern Kentucky Thursday.

A Kroger in Walton (sign up here) and a Walmart in Alexandria (sign up here) will begin vaccinations next week.

The Northern Kentucky Convention Center continues to administer vaccinations Thursdays through Saturdays (sign up here.) The site is operated through a partnership with Kroger.

Eligible residents can also sign up to receive a vaccine from the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

In total Kentucky will have 291 vaccination sites running next week, ensuring, according to Beshear, there is a provider close to where everyone lives in the state.

The governor noted Kentucky is building out its vaccine infrastructure for a time — perhaps March — when vaccine availability is far greater than it is now. The downside until that time is each of those 291 providers will received a proportionally smaller share of total vaccine doses.

A total of 627,625 first doses have been allocated to Kentucky through various state and federal programs. Of those, 527,615 have been administered.

For more information, go to vaccine.ky.gov or kycovid19.ky.gov/ky-covid-vaccine.

Kentucky COVID-19 vaccination sites.
Kentucky COVID-19 vaccination sites. (Source: Kentucky Department of Public Health)

COVID Update

Kentucky recorded 963 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday and 37 new deaths.

The positivity rate of 7.07 percent is up due to a decline in testing during the winter storms, according to Beshear.

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