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COVID-19 Proposed Permanent Rules: Effective September 4, 2020

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section is proposing to permanently adopt and amend administrative rules in chapter 333, divisions 17, 18 and 19 pertaining to COVID-19. 

These proposed permanent rules will replace emergency rules that expire on September 4, 2020.

Need for the Rule

An emerging serious and sometimes fatal disease called “COVID-19” caused by a novel strain of coronavirus named “SARS-CoV-2” was detected in China in December 2019 and in the United States January 20, 2020. It has since become pandemic, and it has been identified in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some countries have experienced numbers of hospitalizations that have overwhelmed health systems. The Governor of Oregon has declared a statewide emergency and has restrictions in place in an attempt to slow the disease’s spread and prevent Oregon health systems from being overwhelmed. To follow the course of the disease in Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority needs to be able to track testing, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Cases of a new and serious illness called “pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C),” have also been identified in association with COVID-19; Oregon has identified one case. Explicitly making MIS-C reportable will allow the Oregon Health Authority to track future cases and assess risk factors. Health care providers must submit reports of this entity through an electronic case-reporting portal. 

In addition, the rules require that individuals with COVID-19 be excluded from attendance or work in schools or children’s facilities, and from work in health care facilities or food service facilities. The rule will allow removal of restrictions by a statement of the local public health administrator or local health officer that the disease is no longer communicable to others or that adequate precautions have been taken to minimize the risk of transmission. Health care facilities are required to adopt policies regarding restricting employees with COVID-19 or employees with a substantial exposure to COVID-19.

For more details, see the documents below:

  • Notice to Interested Parties: July 27, 2020    
  • Notice of Proposed Permanent Rulemaking (Including Statement of Need and Justification). This document includes the edited texts for the proposed rule with strike-outs and underlines. July 27, 2020
     

If you would prefer a hardcopy to be sent, please send an email to ohd.acdp@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Return to the overall disease reporting rules web page. 

You are being invited to review the proposed rules and comment on them.

  • Provide oral testimony, at a public hearing on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 10:00 am via conference call.  To provide oral testimony at the hearing, please call 1-877-848-7030; access code 2030826
  • Send written comments to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at the following address:

  • OHA, Public Health Division
    Heather Owens, Administrative Rules Coordinator
    800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930
    Portland, Oregon, 97232
  • Fax your comments to 971-673-1299
  • Email your comments to publichealth.rules@state.or.us  


COVID-19 Emergency Rule: Effective June 22, 2020

Need for the Rule

On March 9, 2020 the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division, adopted temporary rule OAR 333-018-0900, in which it required healthcare providers, licensed laboratories and healthcare facilities to report COVID-19 cases; and laboratories additionally to report negative results of COVID-19 testing. It was updated on March 30, 2020 (PH 18-2020) to require, additionally, the reporting of individuals with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and the reporting of deaths from COVID-19.

This latest update (PH 57-2020) also requires the reporting of cases of Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in children (MIS-C), as that is defined in the rule and replaces PH 18-2020 filed March 30, 2020. 

Healthcare providers must submit reports through OHA’s Online Morbidity Report, www.healthoregon.org/howtoreport.

This temporary rule is effective June 22, 2020 through September 4, 2020 and will be made permanent through a permanent rulemaking process prior to expiration.

For more details, see the documents below:

  • Notice to Interested Parties  June 22, 2020
  • Temporary Administrative Order (Including Statement of Need and Justification)June 22, 2020

If you would prefer a hardcopy to be sent, please send an email to publichealth.rules@state.or.us.

See current reporting rules.

COVID-19 Emergency Rule: Effective March 9, 2020

Need for the Rule

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division, is temporarily adopting OAR 333-017-0800 and OAR 333-018-900 which adds a definition of COVID-19 and adds COVID-19 to the list of diseases reportable to public health authorities within 24 hours. Positive test results for COVID-19 must be reported within 24 hours and negative COVID-19 results within one working day.

In addition, OHA is also adopting OAR 333-19-1000 related to exclusion from schools, children's facilities, food service facilities and health care facilities. These temporary rules are effective March 9, 2020 through September 4, 2020.

For more details, see the documents below:

  • Notice to Interested Parties March 10, 2020
  • Temporary Administrative Order PH-2020 (Including Statement of Need and Justification)March 10, 2020

If you would prefer a hardcopy to be sent, please send an email to publichealth.rules@state.or.us.

See current reporting rules.

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