Governor Walz recently signed an executive order placing restrictions on visitation of the veterans at Minnesota’s Veterans Home in response to the growing threat posed by the COVID-19 virus to Minnesotans.
The restrictions ban in-person visits and instructs the Commissioner to find ways to replace visits with phone calls, video conferencing, or other methods of communicating with friends, family, and other would-be visitors. The ban does not apply in end-of-life situations and to state and federal nursing home regulatory authorities when requesting access to Minnesota veterans’ homes. No admittance of new residents or entry by employees, volunteers, or others will be allowed without screening for signs or symptoms of COVID-19. These restrictions went into effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is doing everything in its power to balance the safety of residents and staff while finding new alternatives that will allow friends, family, and fellow veterans to connect and stay in touch.
Senate DFLers are responding quickly to the seriousness of this pandemic and are working hard to keep constituents, especially our most vulnerable, safe and informed.