Licensing of Nursing Facilities (216-RICR-40-10-1)
|Title||216||Department of Health|
|Chapter||40||Professional Licensing and Facility Regulation|
|Part||1||Licensing of Nursing Facilities (216-RICR-40-10-1)|
|Type of Filing||Amendment|
|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.