Cuomo issues new nursing home measures amid growing criticism

Sapphire Center nursing home in Queens
Posted at 2:26 PM, May 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-10 17:24:11-04

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new guidelines for nursing homes on Sunday as the state continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

New York nursing homes must start twice-weekly coronavirus testing for all staff members.

Additionally, hospitals are no longer allowed to discharge a patient to a nursing home unless that patient tests negative for COVID-19.

Cuomo announced the policy amid growing criticism over the handling of outbreaks at nursing facilities.

As of Sunday, there were 21,517 confirmed COVID-19 deaths statewide. Of those fatalities, about 12% were people who lived in a long-term care facility, according to state data.

The governor noted that despite having the highest population of nursing home residents in the country, New York currently ranks 34th for percentage of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.