[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Dover (now Toms River) as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Health nuisances — See Ch. 542.
Article I Employees and Patients in Nursing Homes
[Adopted 7-15-1974 by Ord. No. 5-74 as Ch. 72, Art. I, of the 1973 Code]
Communicable disease control. No person who is affected with any disease in a communicable form or is a carrier of such disease shall work in any nursing home, and no nursing home shall employ any such person or any persons suspected of being affected with any disease in a communicable form or of being a carrier of such disease. If the Administrator suspects that any employee has contracted any disease in a communicable form or has become a carrier of such disease, he shall exclude the employee from the nursing home and shall notify the local Health Officer immediately.
The Health Officer who has reason to believe that a person is ill or infected with a communicable disease may order such person to submit to a medical examination and, if necessary, furnish specimens for examination in a laboratory approved by the State Department of Health.
Persons who at any time have had typhoid or paratyphoid fever shall not be employed in a nursing home until it has been definitely determined by appropriate tests that such persons are not typhoid or paratyphoid carriers.
A separate personnel record shall be kept current on each employee and maintained for one year after discharge. It shall include the following essential information and be available for use by the Health Officer:
Name and address of employee.
Social security number.
Date of birth.
Date of employment.
Name and address of nearest kin.
Hours of work.
Date of last physical examination and name of doctor.
Date of discharge and/or resignation.
Reason for discharge and/or resignation.
Date of last tuberculin test and result.
Date of last chest X-ray and reading.
No person who is affected with any disease in a communicable form or is a carrier of such disease shall be a patient in any nursing home, and no nursing home shall have as a patient any such persons or any persons suspected of being affected with any disease in a communicable form or of being a carrier of such disease. If the Administrator suspects that any patient has contracted any disease in a communicable form or has become a carrier of such disease, he shall notify the Health Officer immediately.
Every patient shall have a physical examination by a licensed physician, including a chest x-ray within 60 days prior to being admitted. The physician shall complete the history and physical examination record and certify in writing that the patient has been examined and is free of communicable disease. It shall be the duty of the Administrator to maintain this information in the patient's record and make this information available upon request of the Health Officer.