4 things you need to know before visiting loved ones in nursing homes
There are a lot of new regulations now in place, but being able to visit comes down to the COVID-19 positivity rate in the county
where the facility is located.
In just a few days, families across New York state will be able to reunite with their loved ones in nursing homes due to
new guidelines that are now in place.
There are a lot of new
regulations now in place, but
being able to visit comes down to
the COVID-19 positivity rate in the county where the facility is located.
So if your loved one is in a
nursing home in the state, as long as the COVID-19 numbers are down, you'll be
good to go.
Here's what you need to know:
- If a county's COVID positivity rate
is less than 5%, no COVID-19 test is required for visitors prior
to going to see their loved ones - but state health
officials say it is encouraged.
- If a county's COVID transmission
rate is between 5% and 10%, visitors must be tested within 72 hours of the
visit. And it can be a rapid test. The state health department will
provide rapid tests to the nursing homes at no cost.
- If a visitor has received the
vaccine and it has been at least 14 days since the first shot and within
90 days since the second shot, there is no need for a COVID test.
- If a county’s COVID rate is greater
than 10%, no visitation is allowed except for compassionate care. No
visitation is allowed if there has been a positive case in the facility
within 14 days. And of course, if a visitor tests positive, they will not
be allowed in.
limit the number of guests to 20% of the residential capacity and visits must
be done in separate rooms as precautions.
The new rules go into effect this Friday.