B.C. long-term care homes prepare to welcome visitors after COVID-19 closures

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Visits had been limited to virtual meetings or phone calls since March

This translation has been automatically generated and has not been verified for accuracy.Four months after COVID-19 surfaced in British Columbia’s long-term care homes, residents are finally allowed to see a loved one, health authorities announced Tuesday.

“We will be monitoring this on an ongoing basis to ensure that we can expand access as soon as is safe to do so,” Henry said at a news conference. “Like many businesses that have reopened those facilities will need to have plans and precautions in place.” Henry said she is immensely aware of the impacts the restrictions have had on residents and family members, but those days are coming to an end now that the COVID-19 risk has been lowered in B.C.“We had to move quickly and decisively to protect our most vulnerable citizens,” she said. “Every day this weighs heavily on us. There have been many dark and anxious days, but today is a brighter day for us all.

The province reported 12 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, increasing the provincial total to 2,916. There were no reported deaths. The government said 2,590 people have recovered from the virus.

 

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