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The federal government approved South Carolina’s request to update nursing home and assisted living facility visitation guidelines put into place in October 2020.

The new guidelines were enacted on Wednesday, immediately allowing indoor visitation at all facilities in counties with a percent positive below 10%, based on data provided by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

Prior to the change, 177 nursing homes and care facilities were prohibiting indoor visitation — 43 of which indicated high percent positive rates as the reason for the restriction.

According to DHEC’s new guidelines, indoor visitations cannot be restricted unless one or more of the following statements are true:

  • There have been any number of COVID cases among staff or patients in the last 14 days
  • Proper COVID precautions are not being followed within the facility
  • The county in which the facility resides has a percent positive rate greater than 10%

You can visit DHEC’s website to check the visitation status of facilities in your area.