Local long-term care facilities limiting non-essential visitors 

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Long term care, retirement homes, hospice and supportive housing across Chatham-Kent are introducing new visitation requirements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a media release Sunday morning, Chatham-Kent Public Health officials ask that only essential visitors enter these facilities. An essential visitor is being defined as someone who is visiting a resident that is receiving end of life or palliative care.

“Non-essential visitors who are wanting to keep in touch with loved ones that reside within long term care and retirement settings are asked to do so by phone or other technologies, as available,” stated the release.

The restrictions are being done to comply with provincial Ministry of Health recommendations. In addition, essential visitors will be actively screened before entry to the facility is permitted by screening tools provided by CK Public Health.

“Residents are reminded that this is an evolving situation and information is changing rapidly. CK Public Health is dedicated to providing information to our partners as we receive it.”

Residents looking for more information regarding COVID-19 are asked to visit the dedicated website set up by the municipality, call 519-355-1071 ext. 1900 or email covid19@chatham-kent.ca