An open letter to the U.S. Congress

LIFT VISITATION RESTRICTIONS IN RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES

10 so far! Let’s get to 25 signers!

I don't know who needs to hear this in government to affect a change in current policy but it needs to be heard and addressed. Keeping families from visiting their loved ones in residential facilities is cruel. I understand the need to protect residents from Covid but preventing families from visiting isn't accomplishing this at all. Weekly I received emails from my mother's facility telling me active cases of Covid were still being identified in residents and staff and visitation remained restricted. After 10 months, the facility still has active cases. So my question is, who is bringing the virus in? Obviously staff and nursing students because no family is allowed entry. With proper screening and PPE families should be allowed some access. After all, I feel family would not risk exposing their loved ones to the virus if they were experiencing symptoms. Whereas staff and nursing students are motivated to show up regardless to prevent missed wages or loss of clinical time. I don't know the answer but we have to do better. In my opinion history will judge these decisions and this period as harshly as it has the confinement of Americans infected with TB to sanatoriums and Japanese Americans to internment camps during WWII STATE

First sent on January 1 by Audrey

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