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Some nursing homes begin restricted visitation

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 08:45:44-04

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — It’s a moment four months in the making.

“We’ve only been able to see her for a couple seconds through the glass,” Anne Steblien of Lockport said.

Anne, and her husband, Karl are seeing Karl’s mother in person for the first time since March. Carol is an assisted living resident at Green Field Court in Lancaster.

“It’s wonderful. It’s really nice,” Carol said.

Green Field is one of roughly 150 nursing homes statewide that qualify for visitation. Last week, the state lifted restrictions for longterm care facilities that haven’t had a positive COVID-19 case in the last 28 days. State Health officials said roughly 22 nursing homes, and 32 long-term care facilities were in compliance, and allowed visitation on the first day.

Visits doesn’t come without restrictions. They’re being held outside and by appointment only. “You have to be supervised,” Anne explained. “It’s for 30 mins, supervised, like a child, six feet apart, and you can’t touch,” added Karl.

“I’m not used to having to stay away. It’s not the same. You can’t hug them or anything,” said Carol. “You gotta take what you can get,” Carol added.