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Title: Section 77.14 - COVID-19 and Influenza Confirmatory Testing – Coroners and Medical Examiners

Effective Date

09/01/2020

Section 77.14 COVID-19 and Influenza Confirmatory Testing – Coroners and Medical Examiners.

Whenever a coroner or medical examiner has a reasonable 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, the coroner or medical examiner 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 coroner or medical examiner 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 coroner or medical examiner lack the ability to perform such testing expeditiously, the coroner or medical examiner may request assistance from the State Department of Health.

Volume

VOLUME A-1a (Title 10)

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