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Some Arizona nursing homes that re-opened to indoor visits in September have returned to prohibiting nearly all visitors because of coronavirus outbreaks within the facilities. (Photo: Michael Chow/The Republic)

Some Arizona nursing homes that reopened to indoor visits in September have returned to prohibiting nearly all visitors because of coronavirus outbreaks within the facilities. 

In Maricopa County, 28 long-term care facilities have reported at least one case of COVID-19 in the last two weeks with nearly 500 facilities recording outbreaks since the pandemic began in March. 

The restrictions are putting some facility managers at odds with family members who are desperate to see their loved ones. 

Nursing homes operators say they are following guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which recommends restricting nearly all visitors for 14 days when there is a single case of COVID-19 within a facility.

But they said there is confusion because