Nursing facilities change policies amidst coronavirus

Posted at 6:12 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 07:27:27-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — This is a pandemic that this generation has never seen.

Joe DeMattos is the president of the health facilities of Maryland. They deal with long-term care providers like assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

His assessment of this virus outbreak might be severe but DeMattos says it's not an overreaction, in fact he says reaction is the key. They have been preparing for this since January.

The state has now recommended only essential people should allowed in senior centers and nursing homes and that means "essential".

DeMatto says if you love them, then stay away is a good way to show it but, that doesn't mean no contact. Get inventive.

"To practice social distancing. To use skype and to use facetime to connect with them," DeMatto said.

A good idea but you may want to practice this even if an elderly loved one is not in a nursing home.