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√ In accordance with CMS & CDC guidelines
√ DOH recommends nursing home visitors take a rapid test before entry; DOH will provide rapid tests to nursing homes at no cost
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced 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 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, Feb. 22.
The Governor also announced the FDA has allocated 4,610 doses of the therapeutic bamlanivimab to New York. Bamlanivimab was shown in trials to reduce COVID-19 hospitalization or ER visits in high-risk patients within 28 days after treatment when compared to a placebo.
"New Yorkers should be commended for how they have continued to beat back this invisible enemy and as we continue that progress, we're working to reopen parts of our lives that we've had to give up because of COVID," Cuomo said. "One of the most devastating aspects of this virus has been how it separated families from their loved ones, making an already difficult situation even harder to bear. Thanks to the dedication of New Yorkers, we're now at a point where we can begin to resume nursing home visitations under strict guidelines to protect the health and safety of residents. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer, but we are not out of the woods yet. New Yorkers have been through so much this past year and, as long as we continue to follow the science and remain united, we will finally win this war."