HYDE PARK, NY – As Governor Kathy Hochul prepares to demand visitors to New York nursing homes test negative for COVID-19 within 24 hours of their visit, Senator Sue Serino announced today that she will use her allocation of COVID-19 test kits. to ensure that local residents can continue to visit loved ones.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a powerful reminder of the dangerousness of isolation for all of us, but especially for our seniors living in nursing homes and residential health care facilities” Senator Serino said. “We need to do everything we can to ensure that safe visits can continue, and that starts by ensuring that these facilities have priority access to the tests they need to keep COVID out, while still allowing loved ones to enter. “
Senator Sue Serino is the senior member of the state’s Senate Committee on Aging and has been a frank voice for nursing home residents and their loved ones throughout the pandemic. Like all members of the State Senate, Senator Serino has been told that she will receive 1,000 test kits from the state, which she plans to provide on a priority basis to nursing homes in Senate District 41 who express the need to continue their visits in safety.
With tests due for delivery in the coming days, Senator Serino will announce a distribution plan after they arrive.
“Too often, these residents and their relatives have been treated after the fact by the state”, Senator Serino continued. “We have a duty to ensure that these facilities are a top priority and have access to the resources they need, such as testing, to ensure the health and safety of their vulnerable residents.”