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Assisted living facility in Redding not easing up on restrictions

With coronavirus cases spiking, nursing homes aren’t in any rush to reopen to visitors

Posted: Jul 1, 2020 7:19 PM

REDDING, Calif. - With coronavirus cases spiking, nursing homes aren’t in any rush to reopen to visitors.

“Nationwide we have 50,000 people who have died of Covid-19 that were residents of nursing homes or long term care facilities and that's 40% of the nation's deaths,” said Blanca Castro, AARP Advocacy Director.

The staff at Touch of Heaven in Redding hasn’t let visitors in for a while now and has no plans to change that policy.

A Touch of Heaven is still keeping its no visitors policy. Only medical staff can go inside and they must follow safety protocol like sanitizing their hands. Touch of Heaven administrator Sarah Prather says they took quick action at the start of pandemic.

“We actually started before the state and public health told us to, so we were prepared,” said Prather.

“We also are wearing masks and all of my employees including myself have been COVID tested at Shasta College.”

Prather says she doesn't plan to lift the restrictions anytime soon.

“As COVID goes up I’m keeping restrictions in place until public health or my state lets me know that we can reopen,” said Prather.

The facility can hold up to 28 people and Prather says they’ve taken in people since the start of the pandemic.

Each person going in and out of a Touch of Heaven gets their temperature checked, whether they’re a resident or staff.

Action News Now also checked in with Redding Post Acute, the facility tells us it doesn't plan to lift its restrictions any time soon either.

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