Indiana long-term care facilities could soon move residents to protect against COVID-19

Posted at 5:28 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 17:31:04-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, will soon be able to transfer residents to reduce the risks of COVID-19.

Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box announced Tuesday the order to authorize all transfers, which supersedes any local health department orders.

According to the Indiana State Health Department, the order is to help group residents who have tested negative to protect them from infection from COVID-19.

"I know the thought of moving residents in an already difficult time is incredibly stressful for families, and we have made it clear families need to be notified of these plans,” Box said. “I also understand the thought of COVID-dedicated units or facilities has created controversies in some parts of our state. I want to assure everyone that both of these approaches are scientifically sound and not only can help protect individuals from getting COVID-19 but also can improve the quality of life for those who have tested positive.”


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The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap & water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact (within six feet) with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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