Communicable Disease Standards for Nursing Homes
Communicable Disease Standards for Nursing Homes

Nursing Home Communicable Disease Rules

Pursuant to Minnesota Administrative Rule 4658.0805, PERSONS PROVIDING SERVICES, all persons providing services, including volunteers, with a communicable disease as listed in part 4605.7040 or with infected skin lesions must not be permitted to work in the nursing home unless it is determined that the person’s condition will permit the person to work without endangering the health and safety of residents and other staff. The employee health policies required in part 4658.0800, subpart 4, item F, must address grounds for excluding persons from work and for reinstating persons to work due to a communicable disease or infected skin lesions.

Other Disease Related Rules

According to Minnesota Administrative Rule 4658.0820, FOOD POISONING AND DISEASE REPORTING, any occurrence of food poisoning or reportable disease as listed in part 4605.7040 must be reported immediately to the Minnesota Department of Health, Acute Disease Epidemiology Division, 717 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414 (612-623-5414).

More Information on Infectious Disease

The CDC provides leadership and technical expertise to public health and healthcare communities in conducting  the fundamental public health functions that protect populations and individuals from infectious diseases, in  responding rapidly to outbreaks and unusual health events, and in improving the understanding of infectious  diseases.  CDC is also expanding its role in helping healthcare and community partners increase their focus on  prevention to improve health and reduce health related costs.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms — such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Many organisms live in and on our bodies. They’re normally harmless or even helpful, but under certain conditions, some organisms may cause disease.
Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person. Some are transmitted by bites from insects or animals. And others are acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water or being exposed to organisms in the environment.

By law, a number of infectious diseases must be reported to the Minnesota Department of Health. The list below reflects the current reportable disease rule.

Additional information including: specifically what must be reported for each, criteria for reporting, clinical specimen submission guidelines, and any supplemental reporting that may be requested are available by clicking on the name of the disease.

Signs and symptoms vary depending on the organism causing the infection, but often include fever and fatigue. Mild infections may respond to rest and home remedies, while some life-threatening infections may require hospitalization.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore has decades of experience and handles the following types of elder abuse claims and others:

Fall injury / Injuries

Medication Errors



Physical Abuse

Infectious Disease

Sexual Abuse

Wandering & Elopement

Infectious Diseases (MRSA, C-Diff)

Elder Burn Injuries

Choking & Asphyxiation

Breathing Tube Care

Urinary Infections & Sepsis

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Violation of Resident Rights

Nursing Home Suspicions

Patient Lift Injuries and Other Improper Use of Medical Equipment

Wrongful Death

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