In accordance with a new Healthcare Advisory dated January 12, 2022, the following updates will be implemented immediately due to the Omicron Covid-19 Outbreak throughout New York State.
- All nursing homes licensed and regulated by NYSDOH must verify that visitors have received a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result one day prior to visitation for antigen (rapid) tests and two days’ prior for NAAT (PCR) tests, regardless of vaccination status. Therefore, documented verification of a negative test must be provided in order to enter the facility.
- Antigen Rapid Home Tests (Self-Test), which do not provide documented proof of a negative result, will not be accepted unless the test was provided by the facility.
- Visitors who have had a positive viral test for COVID-19 with in the past 10 days, have symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine (due to exposure or travel) will not be permitted to enter the facility.
- Visitors will have their temperature taken and a healthcare screening will be performed. Upon completion, all visitors will sign the visitor log and receive a visitor sticker.
- After completion of the screening process, visitor’s will be directed to the resident’s room unless otherwise directed.
- Recommended visitation hours are 10am to 7pm. Visitors are restricted to two per resident at any given time to ensure social distancing.
- Visitors are not permitted to stroll throughout the facility, as per Infection Control directives.
- Visitors are still encouraged to be fully vaccinated as per current guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission.
Please adhere to the following Infection Control Protocols during your visit:
- All visitors must wear a well-fitting non-surgical paper mask or mask of higher quality (i.e. surgical mask, KN95 or N95) at all times during any visitation at the facility. Masks must cover mouth and nose. Residents shall also wear a facemask or facial covering. Cloth masks or face coverings are not permitted.
- Additional PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) may be required for COVID positive or suspected residents.
- Visitors must physically distance from facility personnel and other patients/ residents/visitors that are not directly associated with the resident you are visiting.
- Visitors will be required to sanitize their hands with facility provided hand sanitizer before the visit begins and upon conclusion of the visit.
Visitation During an Outbreak:
- It is safer for visitors not to enter the facility during an outbreak, however visitation will still be permitted. Visitors will be notified of any outbreak and will be made aware of the potential risk of visiting during the outbreak. Adherence to the core principles of Infection Control and Practices is essential.
Leaving the facility for visitation:
- Residents may leave the facility for visitation and must be signed out on the unit and at the front desk. Infection Control Practices should be followed even outside the facility-mask/face covering, social distancing, and hand hygiene by the resident and any contacts. Residents out of the facility over 24 hours or longer shall be generally managed as a new admission or readmission, and may be subject to quarantine.