The state Department of Health will once again allow visitations at nursing homes following new guidance from federal health officials, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced.
The state Department of Health will recommend the use of rapid COVID-19 tests for visitors at the facilities prior to entry. The DOH will provide the rapid tests of the nursing homes free of charge, Cuomo said.
"I believe the testing is the key to reopening and we're opening rapid testing sites as we speak," Cuomo said.
More than 15,000 residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities have died since the start of the pandemic in March in New York. About 73% of nursing home residents have been vaccinated in New York.