Effective immediately, nursing homes in the state can resume visitation for all residents with limited exceptions.
Among those who still can’t visit:
- Unvaccinated residents (in areas of high community spread and lower resident vaccination rates);
- Residents with confirmed COVID-19 infection;
- Anyone who is in isolation or quarantine.
Each facility must continue to adhere to strong infection control practices.
The eased restrictions were announced yesterday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, following new guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Meanwhile, District 51 State Senator Peter Oberacker joined others from the Republican Conference penning a letter to NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. It asks him for an official referral to the Attorney General’s Office that would further investigate into a directive that sent COVID-positive patients into nursing homes for recovery.
Cuomo issued that by executive order exactly one year ago yesterday.
“March 25, 2020 changed the course of so many lives and will serve as a sad reminder for the thousands of families who lost loved ones in our state’s nursing homes during the COVID pandemic,” said Senator Oberacker. “Taking time today to honor those who passed away alone, without loved ones by their side, was a somber moment. Now we need to stand up and take action on their behalf.”
Positive cases in nursing homes have decreased more than 80% since peaking in mid-January during a second COVID post-holiday surge.