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