Veterans center delays in-person visits because of spike in coronavirus

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WILMORE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Jessamine County is not going to start allowing in-person visits Wednesday as originally planned under the state’s reopening from the coronavirus shutdown.

Instead, it is waiting a week.

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In a message to residents and families Tuesday morning, the 285-bed facility said the spike in coronavirus cases in Jessamine and Fayette counties prompted the decision to protect the health and safety of the veterans and staff.

“Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Fayette and Jessamine counties, we feel it is in the best interest to postpone the in-person visits at this time. We know this is disappointing as we know that you all are anxious to see your loved ones and they are anxious to see you. But we do think that this is the right choice to keep your loved ones safe,” the administration said in a Facebook post.

“If you have already scheduled a visit you will be contacted by the Activities Department about rescheduling. We plan to begin the in-person visits next Wednesday as long as there is not a continued increase in cases in surrounding counties. We are still scheduling window visits and if you would like to set one up please contact Allison Jones. Thank you all for your continued support and understanding,” the message concluded.

Fayette County has seen a surge in case since the beginning of June and despite community efforts,m it has continued into July. And senior adults are among the susceptible and vulnerable to the highly contagious disease.

The state is allowing nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to begin in-person visits with family and friends starting July 15 as part of the reopening process. Those visits have been stopped for more than three months.