New rules in NJ for guardians to visit pediatric, developmentally disabled residents in long-term care facilities

Governor Phil Murphy announces extensive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 on March 16, 2020, in Trenton.
Photo credit Edwin J. Torres/NJ Governor's Office
By KYW Newsradio 1060

“We know that this has been a very trying time for the families of residents in these settings. However, as we have mentioned before, when it comes to some of our state’s most vulnerable residents, we have had to take extra precautions to save lives,” said  Gov. Phil Murphy.

Visits are by appointment only and mirror, in large part, the rules put in place last month for nursing homes across the state. 

Facilities must be virus free for 28 days and submit their plans to the state Health Department for approval before any visits are held.

With 396 new cases, the state now has a total of 176,278 positive cases and 13,660 fatalities.