Governor Kemp’s Executive Order Concerning Visitation Requirements
Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, September 18, 2020 –Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order on Tuesday, September 15th, that sets up a three-tiered plan to allow access for visitors to long-term care facilities. The phases are based on a number of criteria, including testing rates, case numbers, and community spread. In communities and counties where the infection rate remains high, visitors will only be permitted under extremely limited circumstances such as the end of a loved one’s life. The phases are as follows:
Phase I: A facility may or may not be in an outbreak. An outbreak is defined as one positive case for a resident or an employee. A 14 day COVID-19 county case rate greater than 100 in 100,000 or a 14 day COVID-19 county positivity rate greater than 10%.
Visitation – End of life with limitations
Phase II: A facility has been 28 days since the last confirmed or suspected case resolved. There has been no outbreak of COVID-19, Flu, or other influenza. The 14 day COVID-19 county case rate must be between 50-99 in 100,000 and a 14 day COVID-19 county positivity rate less than 10%.
Visitation – Outdoors with limitations and requirements
Phase III: A facility has been 28 days since the last confirmed or suspected case identified. There has been no outbreak of COVID-19, Flu, or other influenza. The 14 day COVID-19 county case rate must be less than 50 in 100,000 and a 14 day COVID-19 positivity rate less than 5%.
Visitation – Indoors with limitations and requirements
The new executive order is designed to let people spend time with their loved ones, especially during their final hours. However, visitation is not as straight forward as many believe. As President/CEO Mark R. Todd stated, “There is a direct correlation to what is happening in the community where that facility is located and when that facility achieves Phase III status to begin opening up for visitation. We are doing an extreme amount of testing, particularly on employees, to track and set base lines, but we are happy to report as of today we have no positive cases with our residents. We are continuing to work very hard each day in an effort to get back visitation for our residents and their families.”
Governor Kemp’s ban on all long-term facilities from allowing guests has been an effort to protect residents. As of Tuesday, September 15th, about 38% of the state’s total deaths from COVID-19 have been from residents of long-term care with 25 beds or more. President Mark R. Todd continued, “While the safety and care of our residents is our utmost concern, I certainly understand and realize the need and how important it is to get our families back together again. I was very happy to see Governor Kemp implement this three tiered plan, and I pray that our families will be able to visit their loved ones on our campus face to face soon.”
Headquartered in Americus, Georgia, Magnolia Manor is a faith-based, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization affiliated by covenant with the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Magnolia Manor was established in 1959 and employs almost 1,000 staff who serve about 1,500 senior adults daily throughout South Georgia. Services at our nine locations are open to all persons, regardless of denominational affiliation. We provide various levels of care, including Independent Living, Catered Care, Personal Care, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitative Therapy and specialized Memory Care.