New York State drops testing requirement for nursing home visitors

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Department of Health released an updated COVID-19 guidance for nursing home visitation on Friday.

Nursing homes are no longer required to confirm that a visitor has tested negative for COVID. Facilities can choose to continue visitor testing or ask people to complete a questionnaire about symptoms before they enter the building.

The department still recommends that people entering nursing homes wear a mask and wash their hands.