The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Controlled visits to be allowed at nursing homes

CMHC has been shuttered to outsiders since mid-March


July 2, 2020


Community Memorial Health Center and Assisted Living in Hartley has been closed to visitors since March.

Though strict protocol will remain in place, residents at Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley will be allowed to see visitors sometime this month.

CMHC administrator Janette Simon announced Monday new guidelines from the Iowa Department of Public Health will allow added options for visitors at long-term care facilities. CMHC and all other nursing homes in Iowa have been shuttered since March to prevent the threat of COVID-19, which is especially deadly in elderly patients.

"The psychological effect that it's having on the residents is very detrimental," Simon said of the visitor ban...

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