By CBSNewYork Team

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.

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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.

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

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.

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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.

COVID VACCINE

The Department of Health strongly recommends all facilities offer COVID testing for visitors.

The new guidance takes effect immediately.

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To view the updated health advisory, click here.

CBSNewYork Team