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Title: Section 415.33 COVID-19 and Influenza Confirmatory Testing

Effective Date

09/01/2020

415.33 COVID-19 and Influenza Confirmatory Testing

(1) Any resident who is known to have been exposed to COVID-19 or influenza or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or influenza shall be tested for both such diseases.

(2) Whenever a person expires while in a nursing home, where in the professional judgment of the nursing home clinician there is a clinical suspicion that COVID-19 or influenza was a cause of death, but no such tests were performed in the 14 days before death, the nursing home shall administer both a COVID-19 and influenza test 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 facility shall report the death to the Department immediately after and only upon receipt of both such test results through the Health Emergency Response Data System (HERDS). Notwithstanding the foregoing, no test shall be administered if the next of kin objects to such testing. Should the nursing home lack the ability to perform such testing expeditiously, the nursing home should request assistance from the State Department of Health.

Volume

VOLUME C (Title 10)

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