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Nursing Homes In New York Must Test Staffers For Coronavirus Twice A Week

  • May 11, 2020

TIME (5/10) reported that “New York nursing homes must start twice-weekly coronavirus testing for all staffers and will no longer be sent COVID-19 patients leaving hospitals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday after facing criticism over the handling of nursing facility outbreaks.” These “new testing requirements and ban on hospitals sending coronavirus patients to nursing homes came a day after an AP report in which residents’ relatives, nursing home watchdogs and politicians from both parties criticized the Cuomo administration’s policies on both.” According to TIME, “The new policy still allows nursing homes to take some people with COVID-19, such as those who are at home and need care.” However, “hospitals are responsible for finding alternatives for the patients they discharge, and nursing facilities shouldn’t take on coronavirus patients if unable to care for them, Cuomo said.”