Issue: September 15, 2020

Published on September 15, 2020

Articles in this issue:

NYSDOH Announcement of Resumption of Limited Visitation and activities in Nursing Homes

Author: Linda O'Connell

NYSHFA|NYSCAL has had numerous discussions with the Department of Health and the Governor’s Office regarding the 28-day policy for nursing home visitation and has lobbied extensively to have it changed.  We are excited to announce that the Nursing Home visitation policy has now been changed and visitation in the nursing home can resume if there are no new confirmed staff or resident cases for 14-days

Nursing Homes will be required to adhere to the conditions and criteria in the attached Health Advisory in order to resume visitation.  Highlights of the revised guidance from NYSDOH for skilled nursing facility visitation beginning September 17th include:

Additionally, all non-essential personnel as outlined below are subject to the same infection control requirements as staff, including but not limited to testing for COVID-19 with the same frequency as for staff; screening, wearing a mask, performing hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing.

Finally, nursing homes should continue to refrain sending residents to non-medically necessary trips outside the nursing home until further notice. Lastly, communal dining remains suspended at this time.


Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16 

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15