Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 72BB, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, the following section:-
Section 72CC. (a) For the purposes of this section, the term “nursing facility” shall mean a nursing facility as defined in 42 U.S.C. §1396r or any other facility licensed by the department pursuant to section 71.
A nursing facility shall provide each resident and each resident’s designated family contact or health care proxy with notice at least 7 days prior to utilizing any part of the nursing facility as a holding or recovery center for patients that have tested positive for an infectious disease, including but not limited to the 2019 novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
(b) A nursing facility that violates this section shall be punished by a fine of $1000 for each offense; provided, that the failure to notify an individual resident shall constitute an individual offense.
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