Summary of Original Version

Require visitation in long-term care facilities and residential long-term care facilities to be allowed by family members, legal guardians, outside caregivers, friends, or volunteers who provided regular care and support to the resident prior to the pandemic, who are designated as being important to the mental, physical, or social well-being of a resident in critical situations; require the establishment and operation of COVID-19 antibody administration centers (CAACs) in each Area Development District; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to assist and support distribution of COVID-19 tests; permit paramedics to be employed by a hospital or nursing facility to work as a licensed paramedic in any department of a hospital or nursing facility subject to conditions; require the cabinet to produce public service announcements and develop strategies to urge vaccination; require the cabinet to create a singular form in accordance with federal law for permits to offer and administer COVID-19 vaccinations to patients; promulgate administrative regulations for safe storage of COVID-19 vaccines; develop and initiate a public awareness campaign to talk to doctors about the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine; amend KRS 205.636 to update conditions for the requirements for temporary COVID-19 personal care attendants to be placed on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry; add new sections to KRS Chapter 13A to declare 902 KAR 2:211E and 902 KAR 2:212E null and void; EMERGENCY.

Summary of Amendment: House Floor Amendment 1 -- J. Jenkins

Summary Retain original provisions; define "red zone", "orange zone", "yellow zone", and "green zone"; provide that 2021 RS SB 1, 2021 Ky. Acts ch. 6, and 2021 RS SB 5, 2021 Ky. Acts ch. 205 are suspended when the Department for Public Health declares a county in a red or orange zone; provide that when the Department for Public Health declares a county in a yellow or green zone for two consecutive weeks, the Governor may exercise the powers with 2021 RS SB 1, 2021 Ky. Acts ch. 6, and 2021 RS SB 5, 2021 Ky. Acts ch. 205 suspended unless the local legislative body finds that the local board of health recommends that the local legislative body regain control of the emergency and the local legislative body approves the return of control of the emergency; nothing in the subsection prevents a local legislative body from requesting the Governor to exercise the powers with 2021 RS SB 1, 2021 Ky. Acts ch. 6, and 2021 RS SB 5, 2021 Ky. Acts ch. 205 suspended.

Summary of Amendment: House Floor Amendment 2 -- J. Jenkins

Summary Retain original provisions; create a new section to extend the eviction moratorium for people who apply for rental assistance programs and are awaiting approval.

Summary of Amendment: House Floor Amendment 3 -- S. Baker

Summary Prohibit visitation from being conditioned on vaccination for COVID-19; require COVID-19 antibody treatments to be permitted for children under age 12 when approved; prohibit provision of COVID-19 tests to entities that require vaccination; add that COVID-19 vaccine mandates for any university, college, or health care organization are not authorized by this bill.

Statutes affected:
Introduced: 205.636