In accordance with Governor Hochul’s announcement lifting the requirement for masks to be worn in certain facilities, OPWDD is revising its COVID-19 guidance.
As of September 7, 2022, OPWDD will no longer be requiring masks to be worn in its certified or operated facilities, with the exception of Specialty Hospitals. Masking is also no longer required during transport. As set forth in the attached guidance, masking may still be required in certain individual circumstances, such as when a person or staff is recovering from COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19.
This guidance also more clearly explains OPWDD’s isolation and quarantine guidance and its applicability in OPWDD’s various certified settings.
This guidance will supersede the following guidance documents:
- Post State of Emergency COVID-19 Guidance for OPWDD Certified, Operated, and/or Funded Facilities and Programs – Issued September 15, 2021;
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About OPWDD’s Emergency Regulation 14 NYCRR Section 633.26 Mandatory Face Coverings in OPWDD Certified Services and Facilities – Issued September 24, 2021; Revised June 30, 2022
- Revised Protocols for the Implementation of Isolation and Quarantine of Individuals in OPWDD Certified Facilities Following COVID-19 Exposure or Infection – Issued July 8, 2022.
Thank you for your continued partnership as we continue to ensure health and safety for all.
Kerri E. Neifeld