New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a series of new rules for nursing homes in hopes of curbing the spread of the Coronavirus and protecting the health and safety of the state’s most vulnerable population.
Since the start of the pandemic, more than 5,300 New Yorkers living in nursing homes have died from the virus, that’s according to a tally from the Associated Press.
Gov. Cuomo announced the change on social media, saying on Twitter,
“All nursing home staff must now be tested for COVID twice a week. This rule is not optional — it’s mandatory.”
“We’re just not going to send a person who is positive to a nursing home after hospital visit. Period. If there’s any issue, the resident must be referred to the department of health which will find alternative care,” Gov. Cuomo said Sunday.
Last week, New York state reported more than 1,700 previously undisclosed deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities in a tally that included for the first time people believed to have been killed by the Coronavirus before their diagnoses could be confirmed.