ALBANY, N.Y. – Nursing homes in New York can allow visitation without having to be COVID-free for 14 days, effective immediately, according to the New York State Health Department.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the nursing home visitation guidance, to allow indoor visitation at all times for all residents, regardless of vaccination status, except in specific circumstances.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is revising its previous guidelines to align with this new guidance from the CDC.
Under the new guidance, visitation will be temporarily suspended for:
- Unvaccinated residents, only if the county positivity rate is greater than 10% and less than 70% of residents in the facility are fully vaccinated.
- Residents with confirmed COVID-19 infection, until they have met the criteria to discontinue transmission-based precautions.
- Residents in quarantine, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, until they have met criteria for release from quarantine.
"We now have three effective vaccines that are leading to significant decreases in long term care COVID cases and a robust staff testing system to limit community spread from entering a facility,” said Cuomo. “Now is an appropriate time to take the next step and safely reconnect this community with their families."
The state health department still recommends facilities offer rapid COVID-19 testing to visitors.
According to Cuomo, positive cases in nursing homes have decreased by 80% since January.