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The April monthly meeting of the Public Health council took place remotely via teleconference in light of current events. First the Council heard an informational update from Commissioner Bharel on the status of the public health response to COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Next, the Council took up a Determination of Need request from Belmont Manor Nursing Home for a substantial capital expenditure related to renovations at their facility. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the request.

Finally, the Council heard an overview of the Crisis Standards of Care Advisory Committee’s Guideline Development. (Guidance can be viewed on the COVID-19 State of Emergency webpage, appearing first in the section “Updates, Emergency Orders, and Guidance.)

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