SANTA FE, N.M. (WR) — The New Mexico Well being Care Affiliation and New Mexico Heart for Assisted Dwelling say the state’s new visitation steerage marks a constructive step for residents of nursing houses and different long-term care amenities.

Beginning Monday, amenities in almost two-thirds of New Mexico’s 33 counties can start offering further visitation choices by arranging out of doors or open-window conferences. That features amenities in Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties. Dona Ana County is just not on the listing.

The well being care teams say visitations will assist with affected person wellbeing whereas nonetheless contemplating the well being issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We respect households’ endurance and understanding as amenities slowly and safely welcome households to go to their family members,” the teams stated in a press release issued Monday.

New Mexico well being officers have reported greater than 22,300 COVID-19 instances and 685 deaths because the pandemic started.