After a 21-month hiatus, visits resume at The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center

For the first time since March 2020, all visitors are now allowed for friend and families of residents at The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette. (RJ Morgan/County 17)

After nearly two years of stringent COVID-19 restrictions that eliminated visitations at all health care facilities across Wyoming, The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center has reopened its doors to all guests.

“This could not of come at a better time,” said Pamela Fields of Wright, who was waiting on a friend Thursday morning before visiting her uncle. “Being alone is hard on anyone, but being alone during the holidays? I can’t imagine.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Wyoming Department of Health on Tuesday announced the new guidance regarding visiting at The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center and Campbell County Health (CCH). In person-visiting resumed Tuesday for all residents at any time, any day and unscheduled but strict criteria must be followed.

All visitors are welcome seven days a week now but masks and social distancing are mandatory. (RJ Morgan/County 17)

Staff at The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center said Thursday friends and families are already taking advantage of the relaxed rules as it has seen a steady and increased flow of visitors in the first two days. Excluding special circumstances, visits have been closed to the public for nearly two years at The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center which have been prohibited since March of 2020 at the height of the pandemic.

Masks and/or the proper PPE will be provided and must be worn at all times by all guests and residents. Symptom screening and temperature checks will be performed before very visit.

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There will be no limit to the number of visitors allowed at any one time as long as current social distancing guidelines are maintained at all times while in the facility. However, children under the age of 12 are still not allowed to visit except in approved end-of-life situations.

The main entrance will continue to remain locked 24 hours a day and admittance will be granted by front desk staff Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Outside of the standard times, visitors must use the phone provided at the front doors to gain entry.

Upon clearance, all visits must take place in the resident’s room or in the common areas of the residents assigned neighborhood as social distancing from other residents and their guests also must be followed. The bistro is off limits to visits as well as sharing meals between residents and guests.

While these guidelines are specific to The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center, CCH continues to require all employees, patients, visitors, support staff and volunteers to be screened upon entrance to all CCH facilities and masks must continue to be worn.