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Immediate family, religious leaders allowed for critically ill patients
No visitors are being admitted to Allegheny County’s four Kane Community Living Centers, until further notice, except on an emergency basis, a spokeswoman said.
Amie Downs, county director of communications, said the decision was made based on recommendations from the state Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The county’s four skilled nursing facilities in McKeesport, Glen Hazel and Scott and Ross townships serve elderly patients and people with long-term medical conditions. According to health experts, the elderly and those with serious underlying conditions are most at risk of serious complications from COVID-19.
There are now four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County, and Clairton officials reported Sunday that a city resident reportedly has contracted the virus.
Downs said Kane centers will make exceptions to the no-visitor policy if a resident’s health becomes critical, or if they are nearing the end of their life. In those cases, she said, immediate family members, friends and religious leaders may visit patients.
Visitors will be subjected to a brief health assessment and will only have access to their specific resident, Downs said, and the visit may take place in a private area other than the resident’s room.
All resident trips outside of the center are also being canceled except those necessary for the resident’s health, such as trips to a physician’s office that cannot be postponed, she said.
Originally published March 15, 2020.