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Stonerise adjusts visitor guidelines

PARKERSBURG — Stonerise, a provider of transitional and skilled nursing care that operates the former Eagle Pointe Skilled Nursing Center in Parkersburg, announced Thursday new guidelines for in-person patient visits at its centers.

Skilled nursing centers can begin welcoming visitors under the guide of the infection control principles and visitation guidance contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services memo QSO 20-39. The memo outlines greater visitation for patients while adhering to the nine core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention for safe visitation, the company said.

“This is a pivotal announcement for everyone in the Stonerise family, from patients and their families to our care teams,” Larry Pack, Stonerise chief executive officer, said. “We are approaching in-person visits with the same focus on safety and overall wellness as we have taken at every point during the pandemic so far. Everyone in West Virginia can support this progress by maintaining the safe behaviors necessary to keep county positivity rates below the 10 percent threshold to allow in-person visitation to continue.”

Effective immediately, the change follows the West Virginia Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification’s recent confirmation that in-person visits are permitted at long-term care centers if there have been no active COVID-19 cases for at least the past 14 days and the county positivity rate is below 10 percent.

While Stonerise is actively preparing to welcome visitors back to its centers, it also cautions residents that visitation will initially follow these protocols for the protection of patients and employees:

* Patients will be allowed up to two visitors at a time.

* Visits will be scheduled by appointment only and will take place in a designated location.

* Visits will be limited to 30 minutes in order to allow as many patients as possible to receive visitors during the first week. Visit duration limitations will be eased over time.

* Visitors should enter through the main entrance where they will be screened before being escorted to the visitation location.

* All visitors must wear a mask or face covering, maintain 6 feet social distancing and use proper hand hygiene while in the center.

Stonerise Guardian Angels have begun making personal phone calls to patients’ families to offer detailed instructions for scheduling a visitation, and hours of visitation.

For more information, go to Stonerise.com or a local Stonerise center. Stonerise operates 17 facilities in West Virginia.

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