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Visitors still not allowed inside Shasta County skilled nursing facility

Senior care centers in our area are getting access to the vaccine. But even though these facilities are getting vaccinated, visitors are still not permitted inside.

Posted: Jan 22, 2021 6:41 PM
Updated: Jan 22, 2021 6:45 PM

ANDERSON, Calif. - Senior care centers in our area are getting access to the vaccine. But even though these facilities are getting vaccinated, visitors are still not permitted inside.

At the front doors of Oak River Rehab, a sign posted out front still hangs. It reads “Temporarily Closed to Visitors”. Greg Hollingsworth, the administrator at Oak River Rehab says they still allow window visits and virtual calls.

“We're still allowing window visits, Facetime, and Skype visits,” said Hollingsworth. “But until the county allows us to allow people back in, we're kind of on hold.”

Maye Richards is 96-years-old and has been at Oak River Rehab for a while. For her, the pandemic is something she never through she would go through.

“It’s scary, very scary,” said Richards. “You just never have anything happen to you like this before.”

But Richards got the shot as soon as it was available to her.

“I was just happy to get it,” said Richards. “It's one step closer to being well.”

Most of the staff and residents at Oak River Rehab received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine earlier in January. The facility plans to get its second dose next week.

Oak River Rehab says it's following both county and state guidelines and doesn't know when inside visits will be allowed again.

But once the pandemic passes Richards is looking forward to two things, which is seeing family and playing bingo.

Oak River Rehab received the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

Oak River Rehab partnered with CVS through the CDC's Pharmacy Partnership Program to administer the Covid-19 vaccines.

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