Updated: July 10, 2020 04:51 PM
Created: July 10, 2020 02:15 PM
People will be able to visit nursing homes and long-term care facilities in New York state again for the first time since March, but there are strict guidelines.
Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says facilities must be coronavirus free for 28 days. In addition, only two people are allowed per resident. The visitors must have temperature checks, wear face coverings, and practice social distancing. At least one visitor must be 18 or older.
Only 10 percent of residents can have visitors per day.
The health department says visitations from the state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program will begin on July 15, with strict screening.
"With the knowledge we now have about how COVID-19 came into nursing homes – mainly through asymptomatic staff and visitors through no fault of their own – it is critical that as we resume visitations to these facilities we do it in a smart and cautious way to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff," State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement. "We will continue to closely monitor the situation in each facility, and make adjustments based on the facts and data moving forward. I know how painful it has been for residents of these facilities to endure such a long period of time without seeing family and loved ones, and my hope is that this adjustment to the visitation policy will provide some comfort to everyone."
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