Created: July 09, 2020 09:58 AM
The Rensselaer County executive continues to defend his decision to allow family visitation at a nursing home while the state's visitation ban is still in effect.
Van Rensselaer Manor, which is run by the county, is now allowing outdoor visits.
Families must wear masks, and stay six feet apart.
County Executive Steve McLaughlin said he allows it because the seniors need human contact.
He said he asked the Department of Health first - but never got a response.
"This has gone on long enough, I've given the state time to act, they refused to do so, so we acted. And we did it in a very safe way,” County Executive McLaughlin said.
The state suspended visitation to nursing homes since March.
The Department of Health tells NewsChannel 13 it will be contacting the facility to review its practices.
NewsChannel 13 first reported Wednesday morning that there are new cases at Riverside Nursing home in Castleton.
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