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New York lifts most nursing home visitation restrictions

The New York State Department of Health has relaxed visitation restrictions at nursing homes to align with guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Posted: Nov 18, 2021 10:19 AM
Updated: Nov 18, 2021 3:51 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York State Department of Health has relaxed visitation restrictions at nursing homes to align with federal guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

CMS revised its recommendations for nursing home visitation on Nov. 12, saying “visitation is now allowed for all residents at all times” as long as visitors do not have COVID-19, symptoms of the virus or meet the criteria for quarantine. Staff will still screen visitors for COVID-19 symptoms before entering a facility.

There are no more restrictions on the length or frequency of visits, but visitors are still advised to wear masks and practice social distancing in high-transmission areas, regardless of vaccination status.

Residents can have multiple visitors at a time, but social distancing rules will still be in place.

Some facilities may have stricter guidelines still in place based on the COVID-19 rates in that area. Visitors should check with individual nursing homes about their visitation policies.

You can read the updated guidance in full below:

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2769624

Reported Deaths: 57725
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings35194510985
Queens32876810428
Suffolk2593403697
Nassau2291983338
Bronx2142426810
New York1785074667
Westchester1494462357
Erie1283712079
Monroe1001491259
Richmond934401975
Orange63182944
Onondaga60869824
Rockland55960783
Dutchess38515513
Albany35159419
Oneida33993651
Niagara29625425
Broome28853437
Saratoga25582228
Schenectady19780248
Ulster19468293
Rensselaer17938197
Chautauqua15521197
Oswego14611138
Putnam13335101
St. Lawrence13331146
Chemung13197176
Steuben12958194
Ontario12079121
Jefferson11736108
Wayne10658105
Cattaraugus10337165
Cayuga9951114
Sullivan990390
Genesee8949146
Herkimer8587145
Clinton834948
Fulton8040115
Tompkins762561
Warren762198
Madison7614109
Livingston745977
Montgomery7406163
Washington698982
Tioga654874
Cortland619489
Allegany6191123
Columbia5880115
Orleans573096
Chenango572797
Franklin563027
Otsego557466
Wyoming551569
Greene507890
Delaware462553
Lewis431640
Seneca340069
Essex307338
Schoharie281624
Yates206134
Schuyler200720
Hamilton5253
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