NYS will soon allow visitors back in nursing homes

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Residents can soon visit loved ones in local nursing homes for the first time since COVID-19 drove them apart nearly a year ago.

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Additional guidance from the state health department is expected today, which will align with federal protocols already enacted by the CDC and CMS.

Visitors will be required to take a non-invasive rapid test before entering into any facility.

DOH will provide these tests to each nursing home at no cost.

Their hope is to eventually use a similar system to help more businesses and entertainment venues reopen safely.

Governor Cuomo announced the eased restrictions amid continuing criticism over his handling of nursing home data related to COVID-19 deaths.

Statewide, hospitalizations fell to their lowest point since mid-December.

The 7-day average positivity rate has dropped for 42 straight days — now at 3.60%.

Additionally, the single-day rate dropped below 2% for the first time since November 23.

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