New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday that "health care workers and other critical workforce members" who are fully vaccinated can return to work after testing positive for COVID-19 faster than CDC guidance indicates.
Hochul said that, as long as those who test positive are asymptomatic or have resolved symptoms, those workers can return to work five days after the positive test result. The CDC guidance has recommended a 10-day isolation period, though that was shortened to seven days this week for health care workers.
All who return to work in these cases must wear a mask as well.
"We're always trying to adapt to changing data as we receive it and process it," Hochul said. "We wanted to ... mainly focus on making sure we can get people back to work so these critical services that New Yorkers need — health care, transportation, grocery stores, all the things we've identified as important — that they can get back to work as soon as it is safe to do so."
Gov. Hochul also noted that visitors to state prisons must be fully vaccinated or show a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of the visit. That policy goes into effect Dec. 27.
Hochul says visitors to state prisons must be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test within 24 hours. Policy is effective Dec. 27. The correction officers union had called for this earlier https://t.co/io9vE2ydHq— Nick Reisman (@NickReisman) December 24, 2021