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

Effective Date

08/12/2021

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

Whenever a coroner or medical examiner has a reasonable suspicion that COVID-19 was a cause of death, but no such test was 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 a COVID-19 test within 48 hours after death, whenever the body is received within 48 hours after death. Such test 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 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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