January 13, 2022
Dear MCH Visitor,
As you are likely aware, Governor Hochul recently announced that nursing home visitors would be required to test for COVID-19 as a condition of visitation. On January 12, 2022, the New York State Department of Health released guidance to nursing homes regarding this requirement, additionally outlining the requirement that all visitors must “wear a well-fitting non-surgical paper mask or a mask of higher quality at all times during any visitation at the facility.” We understand that these requirements create additional strain on our residents, visitors and MCH staff, however MCH is committed to partnering with our visitors to achieve this requirement. Effective January 14, MCH will implement the following:
All visitors are required to present proof of a negative test prior to their visit. MCH must verify that visitors have received a negative test result one day prior to visitation for antigen tests, and two days prior to visitation for PCR tests. We encourage visitors to bring proof of a test performed at home or in the community to allow for expedited check-in. However, MCH will offer visitors a test kit to perform a self-administered antigen test, if the facility has test kits available. If you require assistance or are unable to self-administer a test, testing will be available at MCH Monday through Saturday, 6:00am – 9:30am and 2:00pm – 4:30pm.
Visitors to MCH must wear a non-surgical grade paper mask or a mask of higher quality. In the event you do not have one, MCH will provide one to you upon entry. If you wish to wear a cloth mask, it must be worn over a non-surgical grade mask.
Please be sure to use personal protective equipment at all times while in the building, especially while engaging with your loved one. If you test positive for COVID within two days after a visit, it is very important that you notify us of the exposure by calling the MCH main number at (585) 760-6500. We appreciate your assistance.
Thank you, as always, for your cooperation and support.
Executive Health Director