Nick McWilliams reporting – As coronavirus percentages drop in Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine alluded to future plans with nursing homes and visitors.

A letter has been sent from the governor’s office to nursing homes reminding them of guidance related to compassionate care visits and positivity rates in their respective county.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services still have regulations in place which override state mandates related to visitors, which are aimed at keeping COVID out of care settings, according to DeWine.

“One, there has been no new onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days. Two, the facility is not currently conducting outbreak testing. And three, CMS reports the COVID-19 county positivity rate at less than 10 percent.”

Information about compassionate care visits can be found through the Department of Aging, and residents interested in setting up one such visit are asked to dial 1(800) 282-1206.

Elsewhere, as a part of the special Monday update, DeWine did not give an update for when the next age group of 60 years and older will be open to receive vaccinations, noting it will be a few weeks before the shift occurs.

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