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US nursing homes are given the go-ahead to welcome visitors for the first time ---


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a ban on nursing home visits back in March, due to the coronavirus pandemic 

Exceptions were only made for critical care visits, but some states eventually allowed outdoor visits with strict social distancing requirements

Now, the CMS has mandated that all US nursing homes must allow visitors inside their facilities so long as there has been no COVID cases for 14 days

The surrounding county will also have to have a coronavirus positivity rate of less than 10 percent

The news has been welcomed by many Americans eager to be reunited with loved ones inside nursing homes

Facility directors will have to remain vigilant; at least a quarter of Americans who have died from COVID-19 have been nursing home residents