Updated August 27, 2020

Visitation restrictions

The Oregon Department of Human Services has restricted visits to licensed long-term care facilities. Essential medical and emergency personnel, and visitors to residents who are in the end of life, are permitted.

As of July 13, long-term care facilities may offer outdoor visitations with proper safeguards.

The all-visitor restrictions apply to:

  • Nursing facilities
  • Assisting living facilities
  • Residential care facilities
  • Adult foster homes
  • Group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities


Prepare your facility

  • Activate your emergency preparedness and operations teams to develop a Continuity of Operations Plan.

  • Identify dedicated employees to care for COVID-19 patients and provide infection control training. CDC Infection prevention practices guidance.

  • Consider what your facility would require to maintain critical operations.

  • Cross-train personnel to perform essential functions.

Personal protective equipment

Ensure correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE):

  • Place a trash can near the exit inside all residents' rooms for easy PPE discarding.

  • Post signs outside any ill resident’s room that clearly describe the type of precautions needed.

  • Make PPE such as facemasks, eye protection, gowns and gloves, available immediately outside the resident’s room.


A facility must implement COVID-19 testing of all residents, facility staff and associated staff within 72 hours of identification of a new case of COVID-19 in either a resident, facility staff or associated staff. [OAR chapter 411, division 060]

Hand hygiene

  • Provide alcohol-based hand rub in every resident room and employee area.

  • Make tissues and trash bins available.

  • Ensure all sinks are stocked with soap and paper towels.

  • Remind employees to clean their hands according to CDC guidelines.

Caring for residents

Monitor residents for fever and respiratory symptoms:

  • Restrict residents with cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle aches, headache, chills, or fever to their rooms. See CDC’s list of COVID-19 symptoms

  • Residents who must leave the room for medically necessary procedures should wear a medical mask or face covering (if tolerated).

  • For care of residents with undiagnosed respiratory infection, use Standard, Contact, and Droplet Precautions along with eye protection unless the suspected diagnosis requires Airborne Precautions.