Opposed to Adoption of Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention:
HCA Virginia Health System opposes the adoption of a permanent standard for Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19, 16VACC25-220. We support instead, a sunset of the current temporary standard at the end of the Governor's state of emergency for COVID-19. However, should the Commonwealth move to adopt the standards as permanent, the language should be amended to exclude hospitals and health care providers who already go to extraordinary lengths for infection control due to the stringent standards for our patient and staff care. Or, at a minimum, the original language should be amended to provide a "safe harbor" for hospital and health care providers who follow CDC guidance as the sole standard. As such, we believe that the phrase "and provided that the CDC recommendation provides equivalent or greater protection than provided by a provision of this standard" should be deleted. Finally, we are also in support of the comments offered by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association submitted during this comment period.