A year later, visits in long-term care facilities reunite families separated by COVID-19

It had been a year since Mike June could visit his wife, Neelima, in her own room at Rockwood Retirement.

The pandemic cut off visitation between the couple for the better part of 2020. They could only see each other outdoors, through cracked open windows, on opposite sides of a plexiglass barrier, always at a distance and for just an hour at at time.

In March, with COVID-19 vaccination efforts at long-term care facilities almost complete, Washington state loosened restrictions on visitation, allowing indoor visits if the resident or visitor or both are vaccinated.

Neelima resides in the assisted living portion of Rockwood Retirement on the South Hill,

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