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This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included one Determination of Need (DoN) request followed by informational updates on several pending proposed amendments to public health regulations.

First, the Council took up a DoN request from North Shore Medical Center, Inc. for approval of substantial capital expenditure and substantial change in service regarding new construction at NSMC’s Salem Hospital campus. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approve the request.

Next, the Council received an update from Bureau of Infectious Disease staff on the current status of proposed amendments to regulations governing the Cremation of Bodies Received from Outside Massachusetts.

The Council then was provided a similar update on the status of proposed amendments to regulations related to Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control.

Finally, the Council took up a request for final promulgation of proposed amendments to regulations for Blood Screening of Newborns for Treatable Diseases and Disorders. Following a discussion, the Council voted for final approval of these amendments.

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