Texas to allow limited visitation in nursing homes with no active coronavirus cases

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After months of barring visitation at Texas nursing homes, the state announced it will allow visitors again, with lots of conditions. Allie Goulding/The Texas Tribune

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For the first time in nearly five months, visitors will be allowed in Texas nursing homes on a limited basis, state health officials announced Thursday evening, reversing a policy intended to keep the state’s most vulnerable populations safe from a pandemic that has proved especially deadly for the elderly.

Residents of Texas’ long-term care facilities have been separated from their family and friends for more than 140 days, since Gov. Greg Abbott shut down visitation in mid-March.