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Marion County to Require Negative COVID-19 Tests Prior to Indoor Visitation Starting November 25th

Posted Nov 15, 20201 min Read

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The below only applies to nursing facilities and assisted living communities Marion County.   For a list of other visitation restrictions by county, please click here.

On November 14, 2020, the Marion County Public Health Department issued Public Health Order 35 to implement new COVID-19 restrictions and mitigation strategies for Marion County, Indiana.

Specific to nursing facilities and assisted living communities in Marion County, starting Wednesday, November 25, 2020, individuals visiting residents of long-term care facilities in Marion County will be required to receive a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of participating in indoor visitation.  The only exception for this requirement is end of life situations.

The Public Health Order does not specify what type of COVID-19 test is required, so both PCR and Point of Care Antigen tests may be utilized.  Nursing facilities and assisted living communities should document that they reviewed the confirmation of an individual’s negative test result prior to allowing the individual participate in indoor visitation with a resident.

Outdoor visitation may continue under the Indiana Department of Health’s Visitation Guidelines without a negative COVID-19 test being required.

This requirement for a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of indoor visitation in Marion County will remain in effect until further notice, when the Public Health Order is rescinded or superseded.