Urge legislators to call on DOH to align COVID-19 testing with CDC guidance!

Our advocacy partner, LeadingAge NY sent a letter to Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, requesting the elimination of serial COVID-19 testing of vaccinated and recently recovered nursing home/ACF (assisted care facility) staff, in alignment with CMS/CDC guidance. The letter also calls on the Department to streamline HERDS (a time-demanding report required by skilled nursing administrators) reporting requirements to eliminate duplicative and unnecessary data collection and to reduce the frequency of reports.

In an effort to amplify this message, LeadingAge NY circulated this press release, which we encourage you to share further with our legislators. Your advocacy will be essential in helping to bring attention to these important issues. We encourage you to share this message with your friends and family.

The Heritage Ministries public policy team advocates on behalf of our residents, their families, and our staff, to enact policies that will address the needs, quality care, and safety that ensures all our communities are beacons of Hope, Dignity, and Purposeful Living. Add your voice to ours!

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

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4. Contact your representatives (below).

GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

Andrew Cuomo
(518) 474-8390
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Email

NEW YORK HOUSE

Mark Walczyk
(315) 786-0284
317 Washington Street
Dulles State Office
Watertown, NY 13601
Email

NEW YORK SENATE

Patty Ritchie
(315) 782-3418
317 Washington St
Dulles State Office Building
Room 418
Watertown, NY 13601
Email

Please share this message and contact information with family members waiting to see their loved ones - encourage them to contact Governor Cuomo today!

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For press inquiries, please contact Melissa Anderson at manderson@heritage1886.org or (716) 338-1585.