Face Mask Requirement Being Developed

Stephen Hanse and Lisa Volk

Following up on Governor Cuomo’s face mask announcement today, NYSHFA/NYSCAL is working with the Governor’s office in an effort to define the circumstances when skilled nursing and assisted living staff would be required to wear a face mask in a facility. NYSHFA/NYSCAL will provide Members with specific guidance as soon as the protocols are finalized with the Governor’s office. 

In the interim, please restrict all access to skilled nursing and assisted living facilities to residents and staff. Visitors for end-of-life and hospice circumstances may also be granted admission. Additionally, please be sure to screen and document all individuals, on a daily basis, including all employees, that are granted admission to a skilled nursing or assisted living facility for cold and flu symptoms including, among other things, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, headache, and/or shortness of breath. Moreover, all individuals entering a facility must also affirm that they have not been in close contact with persons with cold and flu symptoms, as referenced above, and that they have not traveled to a COVID-19 affected geographic area. 

Please refer to the following link on the NYSHFA/NYSCAL website for our Visitor Screening Checklist. 




Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
President & CEO
518-462-4800 x11

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15