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Phase 2 of reopening in health care settings

As you probably heard over the weekend, the state has released new reopening guidance for Phase 2.  
Non-urgent procedures that had been postponed can now be scheduled once providers have attested to having COVID-19 precautions in place: 
" Beginning June 8, 2020, at the start of Phase 2, health care providers may incrementally resume in-person elective, non-urgent procedures and services, including routine office visits, dental visits, and vision care, subject to ongoing compliance with public health and safety standards. All other in-person medical, behavioral health, dental and vision services may resume, except for elective cosmetic procedures and in-person day programs, which will be a part of Phase 3."
More information on Phase 2 in health care settings is posted here:
Limited in-person visitation for residents of nursing homes effective June 3, 2020
An earlier June 1, 2020 guidance document from the Dept.of Public Health authorized limited in-person visits in designated outdoor visitation spaces for nursing home residents as well as limited indoor visitation in compassionate care situations.

"Long-term care facilities may allow visits with residents to occur, provided that the physical distancing and protection requirements described in detail below are followed. "

DPH Guidance, June 1: Limitations on Visitors in Long-Term Care Facilities during the COVID-19 Outbreak  


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