Negative COVID-19 tests no longer required to enter New York nursing homes
Nick Reisman reports at New York State of Politics that New York nursing homes will no longer require negative COVID-19 tests for entry, state Department of Health officials announced on March 17. Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said, “Enabling families to visit their loved ones safely remains a priority for the Department of Health.... Our new guidance aligns with CMS guidance and recommends that facilities use passive screening, which includes providing visitor and staff education on COVID-19 signs and symptoms, and post-instructional signage throughout the facility.“ In other words, anything goes now at state nursing homes. Wearing a face mask and hand washing may be suggested, but not required. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.