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Visitation at Booker Rest Home restricted until further notice


March 12, 2020

DAYTON–To actively protect residents of the Booker Rest Home, Director of Nursing Katie Roughton, RN, stated visitors to the facility must be adults and the visit must take place in the resident’s room. This does not apply to end-of-life situations. All visitors must follow COVID-19 screening and follow reasonable precautionary measures which are wearing personal protective equipment, social distancing, or visiting in designated locations.

Employees or volunteers must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the start of each shift. People who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities and who test positive for COVID-19 must be isolated away from other people. Owners, operators, staff and volunteers are prohibited from disclosing protected and confidential health information, except as otherwise provided by law or with the resident’s consent.

The State government has placed these restrictive new rules to protect those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, a demographic susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, and will stay in effect until April 9, 2020.

In a proactive response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Columbia County Health System’s Booker Rest Home began restricting visitation on March 2 to family member’s only and require masks and hand sanitation prior to entry to the facility. The Columbia County Health System authority will announce when limited visitation is reinstated.


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