The Minnesota Department of Health issued new guidelines today that allows a family to visit their loved ones in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the state recommends that long-term care facilities limit how many visitors a resident can have at one time, as well as the duration of indoor visits:

“We want our residents and our staff members to be as safe as possible but we also do know that they need a quality of life as well and being able to allow these visitors definitely adds to that quality of life for them.”

MDH’s Lindsey Krueger says state officials will also be monitoring the COVID-19 infection rate at the facilities and surrounding counties closely.