Licensing of Nursing Facilities (216-RICR-40-10-1)


Title 216 Department of Health
Chapter 40 Professional Licensing and Facility Regulation
Subchapter 10 Facilities Regulation
Part 1 Licensing of Nursing Facilities (216-RICR-40-10-1)
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Active
Effective 09/28/2020 to 01/21/2021

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-17-10
R.I. Gen. Laws § Executive Order 20-70

Purpose and Reason :

Establishes routine testing for COVID-19 of all personnel which includes employees, as well as volunteers, students, trainees or any individual whether paid or unpaid directly employed by or under contract with the nursing home on a part time or full-time basis. By testing all personnel routinely, the transmission of COVID-19 in nursing facilities can be reduced. 

Editorial Notes :

The agency requested an extension to the effective dates allowed by R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-35-2.10 for this emergency amendment which was initially amended as an emergency on May 26, 2020. The extension was granted in accordance with Executive Order 20-89 which permits extensions for sixty (60) days. As a result of this additional extension, the effective dates have been revised and the regulation will now become ineffective on January 21, 2021.

Brief statement of Reason for Finding Imminent Peril :

COVID-19, the new disease cause by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, has been deemed a global pandemic. It continues to spread and overwhelm the state’s ability to respond. Aggressive and sustained efforts are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 to lessen the strain on our health care system. By requiring routine testing of all personnel, the transmission of COVID-19 in nursing facilities can be reduced.