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NFPA.ORG/COVID
Listen to an NFPA Journal Podcast
on how health care facilities in the
US prepared for the COVID-19
patient surge.
Read the April 2020 NFPA fact sheet,
"Maintaining Safe Health Care
Facilities in Extraordinary Times."
Read the April 2020 NFPA white paper,
"Temporary Compliance Options for
Code Modifications, Alternate Care Sites,
and Facilities Related to Health Care."

H E A LT H C A R E FAC I L I T I E S

COMPLIANCE
ON HOLD
AS HEALTH CARE FACILITIES SCRAMBLED TO EXPAND
PATIENT CAPACITY AMID THE CORONAVIRUS
PANDEMIC, FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY CODE COMPLIANCE
TOOK A BACK SEAT. SHOULD THAT WORRY US?
BY ANGELO VERZONI

O

N MARCH 22, TEXAS GOVERNOR Greg Abbott
issued an executive order that temporarily suspended a
number of state building code provisions, mostly related to maximum hospital room occupant load. The order was part of an
effort to give jurisdictions throughout the state the opportunity
to more easily expand their patient capacity as Texas-and the
United States as a whole-braced for a surge in patients sickened
by COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that became a global pandemic
earlier that month.
Throughout March and April, similar decisions were being made
across the US as communities pursued modifying existing health
care facilities, or rapidly building temporary ones, to meet patient
demand. As of April 10, the US Army Corps of Engineers had
received over 1,000 requests from cities seeking guidance on establishing temporary hospitals, according to a recent NPR report. And
in a March survey of more than 1,000 US code officials, conducted
by the International Code Council, more than a quarter of respondents reported receiving building permit requests for temporary
structures, many to serve as health care facilities.
On the federal level, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) announced a pause in survey inspections for violations outside of infection control and patient abuse measures.
That announcement came on March 13, the same day the World
Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

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