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MOHW to temporarily allow face-to-face contact visits in nursing hospitals and facilities

  • Date : 2022-04-29
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MOHW to temporarily allow face-to-face contact visits in nursing hospitals and facilities
요양병원·시설 대면 접촉면회 한시 허용계획


PRESS RELEASE
April 22, 2022


Face-to-face contact visits in nursing hospitals and facilities will be allowed temporarily in celebration of the family month in May. For COVID-19 prevention, only non-contact face-to-face visits have been allowed in nursing hospitals and facilities since November 18, 2021.

This decision was made based in part on the number of confirmed cases continuing to decline and the rising demand for face-to-face visits from patients and their families.

The period available for contact visit is from April 30 to May 22. To qualify for contact visits, inpatients/residents and visitors need to meet one of the two following criteria regarding vaccination or recovery status:

① Meet the following COVID-19 vaccination criteria

Age

An unconfirmed cases

Confirmed cases

Inpatients or

facility residents

Visitors

Inpatients or

facility residents

Visitors

18 or more

Completion of 4th dose vaccination

Completion of at least 3rd dose vaccination

Completion of at least 2nd dose vaccination

Under 18

n/a

Completion of at least 2nd dose vaccination

② Was released from isolation recently (3 to 90 days ago) after a confirmed COVID-19 infection, regardless of vaccination status.

※ Visiting rules: △ (Before visiting) Body temperature, hand hygiene, and COVID-19 status (negative) will be checked △ (During the visit) No food or drink consumption allowed, wear a well-fitting mask at all times △ (After visit) Disinfect visiting space and ventilate for more than 15 minutes

Prior reservations need to be made for visits, and number of visitors per 1 patient/resident will be restricted to 4 persons.

Visitors need to have proof of negative COVID-19 status via PCR or rapid antigen test within 48 hours, be checked for body temperature, and disinfect their hands. Visitors who are unable to take a COVID-19 test in advance may be allowed to bring a rapid antigen test kit and get tested on site. (PCR or RAT test are exempt for those who were confirmed with COVID-19 within the last 45 days.)

Eating and drinking is prohibited during the visit, and disinfection and the space needs to be ventilated and disinfected after visit.

The government has requested nursing hospitals and facilities for preparations to ensure that the elderly and their families can have safe contact visits after a long separation.


// For inquiries, contact Media Relations, Ministry of Health and Welfare
044-202-2047 or fairytale@korea.kr

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