Jacobson calls for nursing home residents to be tested


ALBANY – Governor Cuomo’s order that nursing home employees be tested for COVID-19 twice a week is a good start, but doesn’t go far enough, State Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson (D, Newburgh) said on Monday.

The lawmaker said the residents should also be tested monthly and after a staff member or fellow resident tests positive..

“Nursing homes must separate infected residents from other residents and care for them with a designated staff that does not interact with the uninfected residents,” he said. “If these requirements cannot be met, the infected resident must be transferred to a facility that is equipped to care for them until they test negative and the threat of contagion has passed.”

Jacobson said the governor should amend his current nursing home order to include testing of residents.