DOH Moving to Make Emergency Rules Permanent

DOH has signaled its intent to make permanent several emergency rules adopted during the state’s COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration. The COVID-19 emergency rules to become permanent include Surge and Flex, and PPE stockpile requirements. The Surge and Flex...

Crosswalk to Assist in OSHA ETS Compliance

OSHA has released inspection and enforcement procedures for the COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) issued last month. Employers must comply with most provisions as of July 6, and with the physical barriers, ventilation and training requirements by...

OSHA COVID-19 Health Care Emergency Temporary Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated. It was published on June 21 as an interim final rule....

Discharge Testing and Vaccine Ordering Updates

Discharge Testing DOH issued a DAL over the weekend which confirms that hospitals are no longer required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to discharging a patient to a nursing home or adult care facility. DOH encourages hospitals to test patients for COVID-19...

DOH Updates NH and ACF Staff Testing Requirements

DOH released updated guidance for nursing home staff testing. Fully vaccinated staff will no longer require routine twice weekly testing. Personnel who have not been fully vaccinated must continue to be tested twice per week. Any staff or resident with signs or...

NYS Implements CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

Effective May 19, New York has adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People,” issued May 13, for most businesses and public settings. Businesses are authorized to require masks and...