Reopen New York: tour of nursing homes resumes, residents have authorized 2 guests each

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NEW YORK (WABC) – New York State health officials announced Friday that limited visits will resume at state nursing homes and long-term care facilities, with each resident two guests allowed provided facilities are COVID-free for at least 28 days. State Department of Health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said temperature checks, face masks and social distancing will be required.At least one of the two visitors must be at least 18 years of age or older.7 Investigative side: New York retirement homes are still closed, families want visits

For each establishment, only 10% of residents can be admitted at any time. For example, in a 100-bed facility, no more than 10 residents can receive visitors per day in order to maintain appropriate social distancing and to ensure compliance safely.

Nursing homes accepting visitors will be required to send their plan of visit to the New York State Department of Health and attest positively that they are following directions.

Dr. Zucker also announced the resumption of site visits for the state’s long-term care ombudsman program, which provides additional support to residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, as of July 15, 2020.

Ombudsman staff should use appropriate PPE for the duration of the visit and should be screened as if they were part of the staff of this nursing home, including having to present a negative test result checked at home nursing care in the past week.

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The Department of Health will make adjustments to the visitation policy, if any, based on the facts and data after this initial phase to ensure the health and safety of residents, staff and visitors.

“With the knowledge we now have on how COVID-19 entered nursing homes, mainly through asymptomatic staff and no-fault visitors, it is essential that when we resume visits in these establishments, we do this in an intelligent and prudent manner. to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff, “said Dr. Zucker. “We will continue to closely monitor the situation in each establishment and make adjustments based on the facts and data in the future.” I know how painful it has been for the residents of these institutions to endure such a long time without seeing their families or being loved. and I hope this adjustment to the visiting policy will bring some comfort to everyone. ”

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