Linda A Curtis, LMSW
NY allowing family nursing home visits for first time since pandemic
NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced this past Friday that family visits will be permitted in nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities and assisted living facilities. BUT it is contingent on the facility being free of COVID-19 for at least 28 days. So this is going to be dependent upon each facility. .
Visitations can resume starting Wednesday, July 15. It is important to note that only 10% of residents can have visitors in a given day. Families should call their loved one's facility to find out when they can visit.
Guests must agree to use proper protection and agree to have their temperatures checked when arriving at the facilities. Social distancing must be maintained at all times.
The Daily News quoted Dr. Zucker “We will continue to closely monitor the situation in each facility, and make adjustments based on the facts and data moving forward,” state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said in a statement. “I know how painful it has been for residents of these facilities to endure such a long period of time without seeing family and loved ones, and my hope is that this adjustment to the visitation policy will provide some comfort to everyone.”