NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York released new visitation guidance for nursing homes Thursday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says visitation will be allowed for all nursing home residents at all times with limited exceptions.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine In New York: Walk-In Appointments Offered To All New Yorkers Over 50 At City-Run Sites
Those exceptions include unvaccinated residents in areas of high community spread and with lower vaccination rates, nursing home residents who are confirmed to have COVID-19, or those in isolation or quarantine.
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The previous guidance, released on Feb. 23, required a facility to be COVID free for 14 days before accepting any visitors.
“We now have three effective vaccines that are leading to significant decreases in long term care COVID cases and a robust staff testing system to limit community spread from entering a facility. Now is an appropriate time to take the next step and safely reconnect this community with their families,” Cuomo said in a statement.READ MORE: COVID In New York: Variants Blamed For Nearly Half Of New Infections In Past Week
According to the governor’s office, the number of positive COVID cases in nursing homes has decreased more than 80% since peaking in mid-January.
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The Department of Health strongly recommends all facilities offer COVID testing for visitors.
The new guidance takes effect immediately.MORE NEWS: Some Parents Hesitant, Others Back Science As COVID Vaccine Trials Continue On Younger Children, Teens
To view the updated health advisory, click here.