Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement follows criticism of an earlier policy mandating that nursing homes admit residents regardless of their COVID-19 status.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a requirement for hospital patients to test negative for the coronavirus before they can be discharged to nursing homes, effectively reversing a much-criticized state policy that required long-term care facilities to accept recovering patients who may still test positive for COVID-19.
Cuomo, a Democrat, announced the change Sunday, along with a requirement for all New York nursing homes and adult care facilities to test staff members for COVID-19 twice a week and report positive cases to the state.
“We’re just not going to send a person who is positive to a nursing home after a hospital visit. Period,” he said during a news conference Sunday.
Suzy Khimm – NBC News – May 11, 2020.