As the weather gets colder, state officials say they are planning the logistics to allow indoor visitation at long term care facilities.
In a press conference wednesday afternoon, the Pennsylvania Health Care Association discussed the new reopening requirements for long term care providers.
The PHCA advocates for over 500 long term care and senior service providers across the state.
Megan Campbell, chief operating officer for Integracare says those requirements include universal testing and co-horting residents in case of an outbreak.
She says a co-hort would be a place in the community to protect residents from those who have COVID-19.
Campbell says these cohorts will need to be staffed.
She says another important aspect of this reopening plan is preparing for visitation.
“We are beginning to prepare for inside visits which is the process of identifying spaces, mapping out how many visits can happen starting to prepare a schedule.”
Campbell says it’s not business as usual and policies will continue to change as this pandemic evolves. Reporting .