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Visitation will be allowed at nursing homes, but only with rapid tests

Visitation will soon resume at nursing homes across New York State.

It will be the first time that any form of ‘normal’ is seen in those facilities since the start of the pandemic.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to outline specifics this coming week on how rapid testing will take place at nursing homes, so that family can visit loved ones.

“Families have been fighting for months – and I have proudly fought with them – to resume visitation in our nursing homes,” said Senator Pam Helming, who represents the Finger Lakes region, and has been a big advocate of resuming visitation. “We still need to see the exact guidance, and I am hopeful it will be both safe and practical for our families and local facilities. Today, I can finally tell my constituents that they are closer to seeing their moms, dads, grandparents and family members. To all these families, I thank you for raising your voices and fighting so hard for your loved ones.”