The Hospital and Nursing Home PPE Requirements and Surge and Flex Health Coordination System emergency regulations have been extended for a 90-day period beginning October 28, 2021. The emergency regulations were initially adopted in their current form by the Public Health and Health Planning Council on July 29, 2021.

The PPE regulation requires hospitals to maintain a 90-day supply of PPE based on a formula outlined in the regulation. Nursing homes are required to maintain a 60-day supply of PPE based on a different formula. DOH has calculated each hospital’s required level of PPE which may may be found within the Health Commerce System (HCDMS) on the Health Commerce System. DOH issued guidance on the PPE regulation.

The Surge and Flex regulation outlines the states COVID-19 response approach and details the plans hospitals must have in place to support a surge of up to 50% of their acute care beds.

A summary of the regulatory provisions by be read here.

For more information, please contact Andrew Jewett, Director, Hospital Preparedness Program at