After deaths in old people’s homes: No more visits without a test

One reader found it almost negligent that she would have been allowed to go to the Upladin nursing home without a corona test. You should now be satisfied, because from now on every visitor is obliged to take a quick test (see page 35). Until now the houses of the Diakonie in Bürrig and Alkenrath had the loose visiting rule, for example the DRK-Heim or the Evangelisches Heim on Ulrichstraße did not let untested people into the house.

“Could just go in”

“I wanted to visit a friend,” says the woman, who wants to remain anonymous. Your name is known to the editors. “I was told on the phone that I could just come. If I want a quick test, I have to come on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. ”So far, she has decided against visiting.

“Negligent omission”

The waiver of a mandatory test for old people’s home visitors was tolerated by the home supervisory authority and the health department in Leverkusen until Friday. This upsets the lawyer Volker Leisner, who refers to the infected and dead in the Rheindorfer Awo retirement home. He writes: “The succinct explanation of the chief medical officer, Dr. Oehler, who is known to be not very squeamish about quarantine orders or mandatory masking in deserted pedestrian zones, that there is no legal basis for a control, blatantly contradicts the legal situation that has been in force since Christmas Eve “and that the home management should at least be accused of grossly negligent omission.

How Axel Zens sees it could not be determined on Friday: The head of the old people’s and nursing home of the Arbeiterwohlfahrt on Königsberger Platz could not be reached by phone. In any case, the corona outbreak in the Rheindorfer Heim at the end of last week rekindled the debate about mandatory testing for visitors. All the more so since more than 40 people there fell ill and there were new deaths. Mind you, after the first round of vaccination.

Unclear wording

A lack of clarity arises when one compares two current ordinances: The “General Decree for Nursing Facilities” from the State Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs states: The facilities should offer and recommend a quick test to visitors. Visitors who refused the test should be refused entry. In the latest Corona Protection Ordinance, on the other hand, the formulation is somewhat vague: Visitors should, as far as possible, be recommended and offered a quick test before their visit. There is no mention of a ban on test refusers.

From the point of view of the city administration, there has been no obligation to test visitors to old people’s homes. That has now changed after all.

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