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Nursing Homes Block Doors, Check Entering Peoples’ Temperatures

  • Many homes started precautions weeks ago
  • Government calls for severely restricted visits
Hand washing stations are delivered to the Ida Culver House Ravenna retirement community on March 10.

Hand washing stations are delivered to the Ida Culver House Ravenna retirement community on March 10.

Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

Piecing together the various Department of Health and Human Services messages about long-term care is challenging for some nursing homes as they deal with a major health danger to their residents in the new coronavirus.

Many long-term care facilities started putting precautionary measures into action weeks ago, as national nursing home groups like the American Health Care Association began circulating best practices.