All Kentucky nursing homes continue to severely limit visitors in an effort to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.
“The health, well-being, and safety of residents remains our facility’s number one priority,” a news release from Christian Care Center of Kuttawa read. “As a measure of caution for our elderly population, we are limiting visitors to our building at this time.”
Rivers Bend Retirement Community in Kuttawa is also restricting visitors.
Nursing homes are limiting visitors to those of residents in a critical circumstance situation or end-of-life scenario. All visitors must be cleared by an administrator or director of nursing.
“We take these steps not to cause anxiety or concerns on behalf of residents or loved ones, but to let everyone know we are committed to doing everything reasonably possible to provide a setting emphasizing sound health,” the release from Christian Care Center of Kuttawa continued.
Gov. Andy Beshear said he hopes people understand that the restriction is necessary to protect those most likely to have life-threatening complications from the disease. He urged those with questions about visitation at nursing homes and long-term care facilities to call the inspector general of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services at 502-564-2888.
Beshear also issued an executive order that allows pharmacists to refill prescriptions up to 30 days. He said the step is necessary to help those in isolation or who have been urged to stay at home.
The CDC recommends that individuals over the age of 60 and those with underlying health conditions avoid crowds, stay home as much as possible and stock up on essential medicines and other supplies.
Editor’s Note: The Lexington Herald-Leader contributed to this story.