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Title: Section 77.13 - COVID-19 and Influenza Confirmatory Testing – Funeral Directors

Effective Date

09/01/2020

Section 77.13 COVID-19 and Influenza Confirmatory Testing – Funeral Directors.

Whenever the funeral director has been advised by an attending health care practitioner (whether the death was in hospice, an adult care facility, or any another setting where a positive diagnosis was not made) and there is a clinical suspicion that COVID-19 or influenza was a cause of death, but no such tests were performed within 14 days prior to death in a nursing home or hospital, or by the hospice agency, coroner, or medical examiner, the funeral director shall administer both a COVID-19 and influenza test within 48 hours after death, whenever the body is received within 48 hours after death, in accordance with guidance published by the Department. Such tests shall be performed using rapid testing methodologies to the extent available. The funeral director shall report the death to the Department immediately after and only upon receipt of both such test results, through a means determined by the Department. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no test shall be administered if the next of kin objects to such testing. Should the funeral director lack the ability to perform such testing expeditiously, the funeral director should request assistance from the State Department of Health.

Volume

VOLUME A-1a (Title 10)

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