New Jersey permits indoor visits at pediatric facilities

| 21 Jul 2020 | 11:59

(AP) New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said July 15 that parents and guardians of residents at pediatric long-term care facilities can now begin indoor visitations under specific conditions. Murphy, a Democrat, said facilities with zero new positive COVID-19 cases over a 28-day period can begin allowing indoor meetings by appointment only. Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said officials realize it’s been difficult for parents and loved ones to be away from their children for more than three months. “Reuniting families ... is a critical step for the mental, physical, social and emotional well-being of these children, but we need to be vigilant,’’ she said. Visitors must be screened for symptoms and exposure to the virus and a designated area in the facility must be designed, she said. Anyone with symptoms won’t be allowed to visit, she added.