Mar 10, 2020 - Health

Feds tell nursing homes to restrict visitors

The brick sign outside the Life Care Center of Kirkland, a nursing home in Seattle that had many coronavirus patients.

The Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Washington. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images

Nursing homes should not allow visitors into their facilities who live in a place "where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring," or meet other criteria, according to new recommendations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Why it matters: Older adults are especially susceptible to catching the coronavirus, so the federal government is trying to limit the spread for a vulnerable population. However, hospices don't have these visiting restrictions.

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