Families want COVID-19 restrictions lifted from nursing homes

Visits in nursing homes resumed in March, but the state is still instructing facilities to follow the CDC's visitation guidelines.

News 12 Staff

Jun 17, 2021, 11:23 AM

Updated 1,091 days ago

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While many are excited about New York lifting COVID-19 restrictions, not everyone is celebrating, including people in nursing homes, who are still dealing with significant limitations.
Visits in nursing homes resumed in March, but the state is still instructing facilities to follow the CDC's visitation guidelines.
The guidance includes practicing social distancing, "outdoor visits preferred," and "limiting movement in the facility."
One family who spoke with News 12 says the rules are resulting in 30-minute visits outside with minimal contact. "These residents haven't seen their loved ones in their rooms to look at their pictures, look to see if they need shampoo, see if they need some extra clothes...I’d like someone at the DOH to understand it’s time to open nursing homes," says a family member who wishes to remain anonymous.
News 12 asked the state why they're easing restrictions for businesses and entertainment and not nursing homes, a spokesperson says: "The CDC still recommends masks at all health care facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes... If that changes, we'll re-evaluate."


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