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Gov. DeSantis cracking down on nursing home visitations to prevent spread of COVID-19

Nobody will be allowed to visit their loved ones at nursing homes or assisted living facilities for 30 days.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is cracking down on who can visit nursing homes in the state as a way to help combat the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus.

Governor DeSantis announced on Saturday he was directing Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration to restrict all visitors for the next 30 days. He said exceptions will be made for "compassionate visitations."

The governor also ordered AHCA to continue monitoring the situation for the next 90 days.

Right now, there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

There are roughly 680 nursing homes and more than 3,000 assisted living facilities in Florida. ACHA is prioritizing those that have had issues in the past with infection prevention and control.

If you have questions about the protocol in place at your facility or your loved ones, call and ask. You should report concerns to ACHA. To file your complaint, call 1-888-419-3456.

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