ALBANY, NY- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that visitors are now allowed in hospitals and group homes across the state.
He clarified that facilities can allow visitors under their discretion. Those who wish to visit a loved one at a hospital or group home are to follow state guidelines, including wearing PPE, limited time during visits and subjection to temperature checks.
Group homes certified by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities will be allowed to accept visitors beginning Friday, providing they adhere to state guidance and certify compliance to OPWDD prior to commencing visitation.
This development does not include nursing homes, the Governor’s Office confirms, as the state Department of Health continues to review all nursing home situations.
During one of his press briefings this week, Cuomo highlighted how the infection rate has gone down from the worst infection rate to one of the best in the country.
“New Yorkers have done an incredible job in working to beat back this virus, and we must continue to remain smart so we don’t erase the progress we’ve made.”
In addition, the Governor mentioned that New York has now conducted over 3-million coronavirus tests.