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Oregon officials restrict visits to elderly in care homes, acting to prevent coronavirus from hitting 30,000

SALEM – State officials on Tuesday mandated a stop to most visits to the 30,000 Oregonians in long-term care facilities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that has proven especially deadly for the elderly.

That means, for now, no more time with parents, grandparents and others in licensed facilities except in special circumstances.

“Our number one priority is to stop the spread of this virus,” said Fariborz Pakseresht, director of the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Pakseresht and Pat Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, announced the new restrictions Tuesday evening that affect 670 nursing homes, assisted care facilities and residential care facilities.

“Oregonians in our nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to this disease,” Allen said.

They said those who operate 1,700 adult foster care homes and anyone caring for an elderly . . .