Families of long-term care residents call for immediate indoor visits

Friday, March 12 marks one year since the state’s nursing homes were put on lockdown because of COVID-19. Many residents are still waiting to reunite in person with their loved ones. On Friday, families and advocates gathered in Trenton to raise awareness about the isolation those residents face and to demand an immediate plan allowing in-room visits.

This week the federal government issued new guidelines, calling on long-term care centers to allow indoor visitation “at all times and for all residents regardless of vaccination status,” and in most situations. But it could take weeks before those guidelines are adopted in New Jersey — and family members say they’ve already been shut out for too long.

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