On July 28, Governor Doug Ducey announced the establishment of the Task Force On Long-Term Care. The task force was assigned to develop recommendations and metrics on how and when visitation within long-term care facilities can be safely resumed and what steps facilities can take before then to help residents and their loved ones maintain contact.
The members of the Task Force On Long-Term Care released their recommendations on August 25. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) adopted the recommendations and posted the COVID-19 Guidance for Visitation at Congregate Settings for Vulnerable Adults and Children on August 28.
Resuming visitation depends on a facility’s implementation of COVID-19 mitigation strategies and the level of community spread occurring in the community. Community spread is based on minimal, moderate and substantial benchmarks:
|The guidance requires long-term care facilities to implement mitigation policies to protect residents, visitors and staff by this Friday, September 4. Long-term care facilities that implement health and safety precautions can allow visitation as soon as this weekend.