The revised guidelines will go into effect on September 17th.
Albany, New York – The New York State Department of Health has announced revised guidelines for visiting a nursing home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NYSDOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced Tuesday that nursing homes in New York State will be allowed to resume limited visits to facilities that have been free of COVID-19 for at least 14 days. Previously, families had to wait 28 days.
“We understand the extent to which New Yorkers have tried not to see their loved ones and the challenges they have had to endure during this unprecedented pandemic. The number of nursing homes that have taken steps to protect residents from spreading asymptomatically COVID-19 while working to reopen to outside visitors shows that commitment With the Ministry of Health visit guidelines, it is a smart and cautious approach to allow visits. We continue to be guided by science and concern for the welfare of the population and we will monitor nursing homes hosting visitors, to ensure that this measure does not lead to an increase in cases, ”said Dr. Zucker.
The revised guidelines will go into effect on September 17th. Visitors will need to present a negative test verified within the past seven days. The facility may decline a visit if the individual fails to present a negative test result or shows symptoms of COVID-19.
The number of nursing home visitors must not exceed 10% of the population at any time, and only two visitors will be permitted per resident.
Visitors must undergo temperature checks, wear face covers and social distancing during the visit. Children under 18 years old are prohibited.