New York eases COVID-19 visitation rules for nursing homes

Updated: September 15, 2020 07:11 PM
Created: September 15, 2020 01:58 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Nursing homes in New York state that have been without COVID-19 for at least 14 days will be allowed to resume limited visitations, a revision to the 28-day guidelines previously set by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The change goes into effect Thursday, Sept. 17, State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced Tuesday. The updated guidance will allow visitations to resume in approximately 500 of the state’s 613 nursing homes, according to the New York State Department of Health.


Visitors are required to present a verified negative test result within the last seven days. They must also undergo temperature checks, wear face coverings and remain socially distant during the visit.

The number of visitors to the nursing home must not exceed 10% of the resident census at any time, and only two visitors are allowed per resident at any one time.

The New York State Department of Health adjusted the visitation policy for adult care facilities and pediatric skilled nursing facilities last week. 

Click here to read the updated NYSDOH guidance for nursing homes. 

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