Family says state is failing nursing home residents by denying them visitors

A family is claiming the state is failing nursing home residents by denying them visitors.

News 12 Staff

Aug 10, 2020, 7:41 PM

Updated 1,384 days ago

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A family is claiming the state is failing nursing home residents by denying them visitors.
Dorothy Hirsch was born amid the Spanish flu pandemic and survived COVID-19 which she contracted at Northern Metropolitan nursing home in Monsey.
The 100-year-old woman's family was denied visitation for the past five months.
Now the facility has met state guidelines to resume, but a spokesperson says they are still waiting on state approval.
Loved ones are demanding visitation be allowed.
The state's Health Department says "science and safety" are guiding their decisions.
Last month, the state allowed nursing homes to open their doors again, but fewer than 20% have been approved to resume visitations.

Last week, state leaders questioned the state’s health commissioner over his decision to allow COVID-19 positive nursing home residents back into facilities.
So far, more than 6,000 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19.


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