NYS hospitals and group homes can begin to accept visitors

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 12:26:55-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday visitations can resume at hospitals and group homes across the state as the state continues its phased reopening to control and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Hospitals will be allowed to accept visitors at their discretion, according to Cuomo. Officials say the hospitals must follow state guidelines including: time limited visits, requiring visitors to wear PPE, symptom and temperature checks for visitors.

Beginning Friday, group homes certified by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities may begin visitations, they must notify the state and follow the state guidelines. Cuomo said visitors must wear masks and are also subject to symptom and temperature checks.

No guidance was given on visitations at nursing homes, 7 Eyewitness News reached out to the governor's office and they provided the following statement:

"We’re reviewing the data and looking for best practices when dealing with this vulnerable population."