Governor Cuomo: Nursing Home Visitation Update

February 19, 2021

ALBANY, NY – Governor Cuomo: “The DOH is going to put out guidance, but they recommend reopening visitation for nursing homes. This is going to be a very big deal for nursing home residents and families. The guidance is going to be in accordance with CMS and CDC on visitation of residents in nursing homes. They have very specific guidelines. DOH is going to recommend that visitors take a rapid test before entry, and DOH will provide those rapid tests to nursing homes cost-free.”

Cuomo: “The local governments should be aggressive on in-class teaching, unless there is a community or school that has an infection spike. … Get the teachers a vaccination. Vaccinate teachers, reopen schools.”

Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Department of Health will allow visitation of residents in nursing home facilities in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines. The Department of Health recommends that visitors take a rapid test before entry into the facility, and DOH will provide rapid tests to nursing homes at no cost. Guidance on visitations will be available beginning Monday, February 22.