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Governor announces outdoor visits will be allowed at long-term care facilities

KOB Web Staff
Updated: August 07, 2020 10:28 AM
Created: August 06, 2020 03:45 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- People will be allowed to visit their loved ones at long-term care facilities in New Mexico.

However, visitations must be conducted outdoors and by appointment only.


The state also says there can be no active COVID cases at the facility. 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the changes during Thursday's COVID-19 briefing. She said New Mexico is making progress with the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Requirements for outdoor visits by appointment include: 

  • Plexiglas visitation station or open-window visits
  • 6 ft with both parties wearing masks
  • 12 ft if the resident is unable to wear a mask
  • Goal is to have resident visits once a month
  • Beginning with counties with less than 5% test positivity rate, and 10 average daily cases per 100,000 residents

The counties that can begin visitation include:

  • Bernalillo County
  • Colfax County
  • De Baca County
  • Grant County
  • Guadalupe County
  • Harding County
  • Hidalgo County
  • Los Alamos County
  • McKinley County 
  • Otero County
  • Quay County
  • Sandoval County
  • Santa Fe County
  • San Juan County
  • San Miguel County
  • Sierra County
  • Socorro County
  • Taos County
  • Torrance County 
  • Valencia County

Other requirements for long-term care facility visits include:

  • No active COVID cases in facility
  • Visitors must be healthy (A screening will be conducted)
  • Social distancing required
  • Appropriate PPE must be worn

Appointments are expected to begin next week.

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