Syracuse, N.Y. – Nursing homes located in Onondaga County’s new coronavirus yellow zone must begin testing employees twice a week instead of once a week.
In a letter sent to nursing homes Wednesday, the state Health Department said it may fine or suspend the licenses of homes that don’t comply with the new requirement.
In May the state ordered all New York nursing homes to test workers twice a week. But in June it reduced the testing requirement to once a week as coronavirus activity subsided.
The yellow zone includes the city of Syracuse, the towns of Lysander, Clay and Salina, and the villages of Solvay and East Syracuse.
Six of Onondaga County’s 13 nursing homes are in the zone. They include:
- Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Syracuse;
- Central Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Syracuse;
- Elderwood, Liverpool;
- Loretto Health and Rehabilitation Center, Syracuse;
- Syracuse Home, Baldwinsville;
- The Cottages at Garden