June 17, 2020
Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that hospitalized patients could begin receiving visitors immediately following a pilot program that was launched during May at 16 hospitals across the state. He also announced that group homes certified by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities can begin visitation on Friday, June 19. Hospitals and group homes have been given specific guidelines by the NYS Dept. of Health to ensure optimal infection control standards are being met.
According to several news stations, when the governor was asked about long term care facilities at yesterday's briefing, he replied, “We’re still studying it. When the Health Department advises me it that it is safe, we’ll do it.” Based on the governor's briefing statements this past weekend, an announcement on nursing home visitation (and other adult care facilities) is anticipated this week. This topic was not addressed in today's briefing either by the governor or reporters.
Discussions are underway at Ingersoll Place in anticipation of visitation regulations. A policy will be developed in compliance with the Dept. of Health and shared with residents, family members and staff once the information becomes available.
We thank you for your continued patience and are hopeful that residents and their families will be reconnecting in-person, soon!
Please continue to direct non-urgent questions and concerns to Ceil Mack, 518-370-4419, ext. 303