There were some significant changes to nursing home visitation in New York on Thursday.
The changes were announced by state officials, after weeks of lobbying by lawmakers and advocates.
Visitation at nursing homes is now allowed at all times- for all residents with limited exceptions for unvaccinated residents in areas of high community spread.
Nursing homes will have to comply with significant infection control measures.
“Removing the 14-day COVID-free rule in particular is something I and so many families have been fighting for since the state last updated its guidance. This is welcome news that will help to reunite more seniors and families,” Sen. Pam Helming said. “It is also not lost on me that this updated guidance comes a year to the day of the March 25 order requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients. We will continue to fight for justice and accountability for the more than 15,000 nursing home and long-term care residents who have died from COVID-19.”
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