New ODH dashboard shows what nursing homes allow visitations


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — The Ohio Department of Health has created a new dashboard that tracks whether nursing homes and assisted living facilities are allowing the various types of visits — providing details on if you can visit inside, outside or by a window.

The state recently eased up restrictions on nursing homes and assisted living facilities, allowing indoor visitations with family members who may have been isolated due to the pandemic.

However, starting Oct. 12, Ohio families discovered that not every nursing home and assisted living facility were allowing indoor visitations even with the states permission.

Whether they allow visitations is up to the facility in question. Springfield’s Masonic Home facility hasn’t reopened for visitors yet, but with the governor’s dashboard available staff members say they’re able to pass along information to concerned families about the wellness of their loved ones.

“Communication with families is vital, you can’t over communicate in situations like this,” said President Tony Berardi. “People always want to feel as if they’re being given the most recent information.”

Since the pandemic began, the Masonic Home confirms 13 cases of covid-19 including 11 staffers. They also say they are nearing two weeks without any new cases of covid-19, which means they may soon hold visitations.

The Ohio Department of Health has broken down its list by county, making it easy to navigate. Click here to check the Ohio Department of Health’s new long-term care facility visitation dashboard.

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