Residents in Nursing Homes Can Resume Visitation, with Limited Exceptions

Residents in Nursing Homes Can Resume Visitation, with Limited Exceptions

   The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released new guidance that allows all nursing home residents to receive visits at any time: effective immediately, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced today.

   The only exceptions to the new guidance, the governor said, are unvaccinated residents in areas of high community spread and lower resident vaccination rates, residents with confirmed COVID-19 infections, and residents in isolation or quarantine.

   Nursing home facilities, however, must continue to adhere to strong infection control practices, Gov. Cuomo explained.

    "We understand the emotional toll that this community has experienced by being separated from their loved ones during a particularly challenging year,” said Howard Zucker, MD, New York State’s health commissioner. “We're confident that these facilities can continue strong infection control practices that will allow for the safe visitation they have dearly missed."

    "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,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Now is an appropriate time to take the next step and safely reconnect this community with their families."

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