Nursing homes that have been taking extreme measures to keep out COVID-19 are now going to have to accept new residents diagnosed with the virus. The state Department of Health sent out a notice informing every nursing home of the rule last week. It was not greeted with enthusiasm.
At The Pines in Glens Falls, workers found technicalities to refuse two hospital transfers this week. While they found allowable reasons to say no, their real concern was that they don’t believe they have secure facilities to separate those residents from others. The state’s new rule was the subject of a “very frank” conversation at Monday’s conference call among all local nursing homes, said Fort Hudson CEO Andy Cruikshank.
“We don’t think it’s advisable to do it. However, understanding we are in very peculiar times, I understand the Health Department is trying to respond to the situation as best they can,” he said.
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