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NYS relaxes COVID testing expectations at nursing homes

New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker is recommending that nursing home employees be tested for COVID-19 less if they are in a region that has gotten to ‘Phase 2’ of reopening.

Zucker reported facilities in regions in the second phase of opening only accounted for 0.76% of positive test results last week.

Areas that are still in ‘Phase 1’, like New York City, are recommended to continue testing employees twice-weekly.

Throughout the state, nursing home facilities have noted a struggle getting those tests processed at labs.

However, several nursing homes in the Finger Lakes, which is set to enter ‘Phase 3’ this weekend have accounted for a significant portion of COVID-19 cases and deaths.