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Dothan nursing home stops all visitation at President's urging

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Mar. 12, 2020 at 10:14 AM CDT
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One Dothan nursing home has ceased visitation, even for immediate family members, amid Coronavirus concerns.

Westside Terrace, as of about 9:00 Thursday morning, made the decision to stop visitation, after President Trump urged those restrictions be implemented.

Other local nursing homes continue to allow visitation but with restrictions.

Extendicare Health and Rehabilitation and Wesley Place are screening those who come to their medical facilities. People who suffer fever, cough, or other signs of illness are not permitted.

Visitors should access those facilities through their main entrances.

Wiregrass Nursing Home in Geneva is limiting visitation from 7a until 5p Monday through Friday, per an employee there.

Most who die from the virus that has created a pandemic are elderly.

“We believe providers must take dramatic action to limit individuals from entering our buildings and to ensure that employees who are sick stay home,” Mark Parkinson, CEO of the American Health Care Association said in a statement this week.

During his address Wednesday night, the President strongly suggested that nursing homes allow visitation only for essential medical care.

(This story will be updated when information about other nursing homes is available).

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