Reporting and Testing of Infectious, Environmental, and Occupational Diseases (216-RICR-30-05-1)


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Title 216 Department of Health
Chapter 30 Infectious Diseases
Subchapter 05 Infectious Diseases
Part 1 Reporting and Testing of Infectious, Environmental, and Occupational Diseases (216-RICR-30-05-1)
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Active
Effective 07/26/2021 to 11/04/2021

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-1-1
R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-8-1

Purpose and Reason :

This regulation is being promulgated to require clinical laboratories to submit specimens or isolates upon request; and require COVID-19, COVID-19 associated deaths, COVID-19 associated hospitilzations, and COVID-19 associated multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome be reported within 24-hours.

Editorial Notes :

The ineffective date of this emergency amendment was revised at the request of the agency to correspond with the ineffective date of the emergency amendment promulgated on 07/07/2021. This amendment will not become ineffective on 11/04/2021.

Brief statement of Reason for Finding Imminent Peril :

As of July 6, 2021, powers conferred upon the governor by law for disaster emergency response cannot exceed a period of one hundred eighty (180) days from the date of the emergency order or proclamation of a state of disaster emergency, unless and until the general assembly extends the one hundred eighty (180) day period by concurrent resolution. Despite temporary preservation by law of the March 9, 2020 Declaration of Disaster and several related executive orders, a number of COVID-19-related executive orders have terminated. Certain provisions within those terminated executive orders remain necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare from imminent peril due to COVID-19. This emergency rule is being promulgated contemporaneously with a proposed final rule in order to require reporting of COVID-19 test results, COVID-19 hospitlizations and COVID-19 deaths.