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The Springs retirement community working to put new visitor protocols in place

Posted at 4:34 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 21:18:09-04

WHITEFISH — Now that Governor Steve Bullock lifted visitation restrictions for long-term care communities, The Springs at Whitefish and The Springs at Missoula are updating safety protocols.

Chief Operations Officer Brenda Connelly told MTN News that they are determining what the updated protocols will be for visitors to be allowed back inside Springs locations.

However, she says The Springs communities have strict procedures in place.

Some things they are considering include scheduling visits ahead of time.

Connelly explained that visitors will likely also have to do the rigorous fifteen-step health screening for visitors currently in place before they are allowed inside.

She assures families with the rise in virus cases around the state, the Springs is being extra cautious.

"We're going to look at things like the quantity of visitors as well as those locations of those visits," said Connelly. "And certainly personal protective equipment has been a big resource need for any senior community. It's been a scarce resource. We feel fortunate that we have plenty of that."

Connelly says the community still abides by all CDC and health department guidelines, including rigorous hand washing and social distancing.