“Nursing home residents have now all been offered the vaccine. 100 percent of nursing home residents have all been offered the vaccine. 100 percent of nursing home staff has all been offered the vaccine. 73 percent of nursing home residents have taken the vaccine, which is the probably the highest umber we have of any subgroup, if you will. 73 percent are now vaccinated.” Guidance on visitations will be available beginning Monday, February 22.
The DOH is going to put out guidance, but they recommend reopening visitation for nursing homes. This is going to be a very big deal for nursing home residents and families. The guidance is going to be in accordance with CMS and CDC on visitation of residents in nursing homes.
They have very specific guidelines. DOH is going to recommend that visitors take a rapid test before entry, and DOH will provide those rapid tests to nursing homes cost-free. Rapid test is very quick. It’s not intrusive. And that’s a DOH recommendation, and they’ll provide the rapid tests to nursing homes.