The Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) adopted the following revised regulations at its July 29, 2021 meeting:

The regulations, which were adopted on an emergency basis, are effective July 30, 2021. They will be permanently adopted at a future PHHPC meeting after publication in the State Register.

The changes in the newly adopted regulations from the emergency regulations which have been in effect include:

  • PPE stockpile requirements for hospitals are reduced from 90 days to 60 days; Commissioner has discretion to increase to 90 days;
  • Allows hospital to use “some, but not all, of the stockpile reserves” during a declared state disaster emergency.

The 60-day stockpile requirement shall be determined as follows:

  • Single gloves – 15% x staffed beds x 550;
  • Gowns – 15% x staffed beds x 41;
  • Surgical masks – 15% x staffed beds x 21;
  • N95 respirator masks – 15% x staffed beds x 9.6.

Additional changes include:

  • Hospitals may be required to surge up to 50% instead of 100%; adds language that capacity increases shall be “incremental and geographically targeted”;
  • Adds requirement that bed surge plans include scenarios for phased increases and detail the considerations for PPE, staffing and other resources.

A detailed summary of the proposed changes may be viewed HERE.

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