ALBANY – New nursing home visitation guidance in New York State now allows visitors at all times and for all residents.
The updated guidelines were released on Thursday by the state Department of Health.
There are still safeguards in place, like not being able to visit unvaccinated residents in areas of high COVID-19 community spread and lower resident vaccination rates.
Residents with confirmed COVID infection or those in isolation or quarantine are also excluded from visitation.
Officials say that nursing home positive cases have dropped 80 percent since peaking in mid-January.
The department is strongly suggesting nursing homes continue to offer testing for visitors.
Compassionate Care visits, which had been allowed previously, will also be able to continue under this new guidance.
This replaces the guidance from February 23 which required the facility to have no positive COVID cases for 14 consecutive days.