New York State to Allow Nursing Home Visitors
New York will soon be begin allowing visitors to nursing homes after a three-month ban. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state prevented all nursing homes from accepting visitors. Despite the ban on visitors, the state forced nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients which resulted in the death of thousands of elderly people.
As the numbers improve in the state, the Department of Health and governors office have determined that the time has come to allow visitors - a decision announced via a press release today.
As nursing home residents have sat alone without their family for months on end, this is most welcome news for them and for their children and grandchildren who are desperate to see them.
According to state regulations, 10 visitors per 100 residents will be allowed each day in order to maintain proper social distancing. Additionally, visitors will be required to wear PPE and clean their hands with a hand sanitizer and will be subject to a temperature scan upon arrival.
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