On January 7, a new state policy went into effect requiring visitors of long term care facility residents to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Due to testing shortages throughout the state, the new policy is equivalent to a lockout of critical resident visitors. The lockout is particularly dangerous as visitors commonly provide essential caregiving to residents and arrives at a time when widespread staffing shortages are expected in facilities. The testing policy defies federal law and is creating more harm than good.
Speakers at the press conference briefly reviewed the visitation testing requirement, explained why it is irrational and dangerous, and recounted how it is affecting their own ability to visit with loved ones.
Thank you to our guest speakers from the Essential Caregivers Coalition.