New guidelines on nursing home visitations to take effect Friday
New guidelines will go into effect Friday for nursing home visitation in New York.
Testing will not be required in counties with a positivity rate lower than 5%, though it will still be encouraged. Testing will be required for visitors in counties with a positivity rate between 5% and 10%. Regular visitation will not be allowed in counties with a rate over 10%. Visits will be limited to 20% of a nursing home's residents at any one time.
Andrew Cuomo says a big part of those guidelines will be getting rapid test
kits to nursing facilities.
Owners and operators of nursing homes like Gurwin Jewish
in Commack say they are getting themselves ready for whatever the state wants
them to do.
“The next step is receiving
the proper guidance so we do this appropriately, safely, and according to
mandate,” says Stuart Almer, CEO of
Gurwin Healthcare System.
If you have completed both of your vaccination shots, the state says you'll be able to go into a nursing home facility without having to take a test, but it is still recommended.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says the number of total visitors inside facilities will be limited, and nursing homes will have to isolate visitors and residents.