Minnesota nursing homes restrict visits, ramp up prevention as coronavirus spreads

On Tuesday, following guidance from the federal government and recommendations from a national industry group, many of Minnesota’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities started to limit or discourage visitors.

The threat of COVID-19 to the elderly, who often have one or several chronic health conditions, has been highlighted by the number of deaths at a Washington nursing home.

Patti Cullen, CEO and president of Care Providers of Minnesota, spoke with MPR News host Cathy Wurzer about the latest prevention efforts at senior living facilities statewide.

“The statistics are pretty alarming,” Cullen said. “We’re all hands on deck right now.”

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