Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-14-04-.05 - TEMPORARY HOLD IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
(1) In the case of an emergency, the Commissioner or health officer may petition the General Sessions Court of the county where the person lives or is to be found, or where the premises is located, to either:
(1) order a peace officer to make a civil arrest and take the person to an appropriate health care facility for examination, isolation and/or appropriate treatment; or
(2) prevent or restrict access to premises. The Commissioner or health officer shall set forth in an affidavit the specific facts upon which the order is sought, indicating why reasonable cause exists (upon the basis of sound clinical or epidemiological evidence of the type relied upon by competent medical experts) to believe that there is a substantial likelihood that the carrier or premises poses an imminent health threat to others, and the types of relief sought. If the carrier is already institutionalized, the court may be petitioned to order the facility to continue to hold the carrier.
(2) A person shall not be held, or premises quarantined, under temporary emergency hold for more than five working (5) days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal State holidays) without a hearing being held before the General Sessions Court, unless the person so held, or owner or operator of premises quarantined, consents to delay the hearing. At this hearing the Commissioner or health officer may petition for a public health measure pursuant to § 1200-14-4-.06 and/or may request that the temporary emergency hold be continued, due to an imminent health threat to others, for a period not to exceed an additional ten (10) working days. Within these time limits, the hearing on the temporary emergency hold will be held in accordance with the procedures set forth in § 1200-14-4-.06(3).
(3) Unless the person so held, or owner or operator of premises quarantined, consents, in no event shall a person be held, or a premises quarantined, under a temporary emergency hold for more than fifteen (15) working days without a petition for a public health measure being heard pursuant to § 1200-14-4-.06.
Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-3-1803(1), (3), (4), and (10), 4-5-202, 68-1-103, 68-1-104, 68-1-201, and 68-5-104.
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