New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the daily media briefing at the Office of the Governor of the State of New York on June 12, 2020 in New York City.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that the state will allow hospitals and group homes to accept visitors at their discretion after limiting access to the facilities since mid-March.
Visitors will be required to follow state guidelines, which include limiting their time with patients, requiring personal protective equipment and subjecting guests to symptom and temperature checks.
“This was always a balance of public health versus the personal relationships and people who are in hospitals who desperately want to see loved ones and loved ones who want to see people in hospitals,” Cuomo said at his daily press briefing.
On Monday, the state reported its lowest three-day average of Covid-19 deaths and its lowest level of hospitalizations since the outbreak began in mid-March, Cuomo said.
Group homes certified by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities will be allowed to welcome visitors beginning Friday after notifying the state and implementing safety guidelines. Nursing homes are not included in the order, Cuomo said.
“We’re still studying it. There’s still a high risk and when the health department advises me that it’s safe, we’ll do it,” he said. “I understand the demand. I understand the desire. But the health department doesn’t think the reward justifies the risk at this point.”
New York suspended all visits to hospitals on March 18 except when medically necessary or for family members or legal representatives of patients in imminent end-of-life situations, according to a state order.
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