Gov. Mike DeWine speaks to reporters
Gov. Mike DeWine speaks to reporters. [Jo Ingles | Statehouse News Bureau]

DeWine Orders Ban on Visitors at Nursing Homes, State’s Psychiatric Hospitals

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Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered a ban on visitors at Ohio nursing homes and in the state’s psychiatric hospitals.

DeWine says nursing homes requested the ban because of the vulnerability of elderly people and those with compromised immune systems to COVID-19.

“No one knows the safety of their patients better than the nursing homes themselves,” Dewine said.

He added: “This will not last forever. This is temporary. Everything we’re doing is temporary. We’ll get back to normal in Ohio. It’s not going to be done overnight, but we will.”

Visitors are also banned at the state’s six psychiatric hospitals, and those who have to come into those facilities or nursing homes will be screened.