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Recent COVID-19-related Rules 

Learn about communicable disease-related masking, reporting and other requirements.

NOTICE OF TEMPORARY RULEMAKING: 
Exempting children's faciities, schools, and post-secondary institutions from reporting negative COVID-19 test results

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is temporarily amending OAR 333-018-0016 relating to reporting of COVID-19. Effective date 1/13/2022-7/11/2022: 

Please direct any questions related to this rule to publichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us or 503-945-5488.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED PERMANENT RULEMAKING: 
Masking in indoor spaces in Oregon 

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is proposing to adopt an administrative rule under chapter 333, division 19 pertaining the wearing of masks, face coverings or face shields in indoor spaces to control the spread of COVID-19.
(OAR 333-019-1025)

Please direct any questions related to this rule to publichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us or 503-945-5488.

  • Notice of Proposed Permanent Rulemaking (OAR 333-019-1025) (pdf)
    • To provide oral testimony a public hearing will be held by video/telephone conference call via Microsoft Teams on January 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM. Please contact publichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us to receive the link for the Microsoft Teams video conference.
    • Alternatively, you may dial 971-277-2343, phone conference ID 389 374 45# for audio only.
    • You may also file written comments before 5:00 p.m. on January 24, 2022 by sending them to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at the following address:
               OHA, Public Health Division
                Administrative Rules Coordinator
                800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930
                Portland, Oregon, 97232 
                 FAX: 971-673-1299
      Email comments to: publichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us 

  • Notice to Interested Parties (pdf)

TEMPORARY RULE CHANGE: Masking in indoor spaces in Oregon

Adoption of rule requiring masks to be worn in indoor spaces in Oregon 
Effective date: 11/23/2021-2/8/2022 

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is temporarily adopting OAR 333-019-1025 requiring masks to be worn in indoor spaces in Oregon.

Please direct any questions related to this rule to COVID.19@dhsoha.state.or.us or 503-945-5488.


NOTICE OF PROPOSED PERMANENT RULEMAKING: 
Masking requirements in schools; Vaccination requirements for Teachers and School Staff

The two rules proposed for adoption and amendment concern:

  • Masking requirements in schools
  • Vaccination Requirement for Teachers and Staff


Please direct any questions related to this rule to  publichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us 
503-945-5488.

TEMPORARY RULE CHANGE:  
Vaccination requirements to control COVID-19 for schools and school-based programs 

Vaccination requirements for schools and school-based programs 
Effective date: 8/25/2021-2/20/2022

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is temporarily adopting Oregon Administrative Rules in Chapter 333, Division 19 pertaining to vaccination requirements for teachers and school staff to control COVID-19 in accordance with OAR 333-019-1030.

Please direct any questions related to this rule to COVID.19@dhsoha.state.or.us or 503-945-5488.

TEMPORARY RULE CHANGE:  Masking in schools

Masking requirements in schools  Effective date: 11/23/2021-1/28/2022

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is temporarily adopting Oregon Administrative Rules in Chapter 333, Division 19 pertaining to masking requirements in schools related to COVID-19 in accordance with OAR 333-019-1015.

Please direct any questions related to this rule to COVID.19@dhsoha.state.or.us or 503-945-5488.


NOTICE OF PROPOSED PERMANENT RULEMAKING:
Vaccination requirements and masking to control COVID-19 in healthcare settings

The two rules proposed for adoption and amendment concern:

  • Requirements for healthcare providers and healthcare staff working in healthcare settings to have documentation or either vaccination against COVID-19 or an approved medical or religious exception to this requirement; and
  • Requirements for wearing face coverings in healthcare settings.

Please direct any questions related to this rule to  publichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us  or 971-266-2886.  

TEMPORARY RULE CHANGE:  
Masking to control COVID-19 in healthcare settings

Masking requirements to control COVID-19 in healthcare settings 
Effective date: 8/20/21-2/15/2022

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is temporarily adopting OAR 333-019-1011 pertaining to the control of COVID-19 in healthcare settings.

Please direct any questions related to this rule to COVID.19@dhsoha.state.or.us or 503-945-5488.


TEMPORARY RULE CHANGE:  
Vaccination requirements to control COVID-19 for healthcare providers and healthcare staff

Vaccination requirements to control COVID-19 for healthcare providers and healthcare staff  Effective date: 9/1/2021-1/31/2022   

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is temporarily adopting OAR 333-019-1010 pertaining to vaccination requirements for healthcare providers and healthcare staff to control COVID-19.  Please note that a previous requirement (Temporary Administrative Order PH-34-2021) included a testing option which is eliminated with the current requirement. 

Please direct any questions related to this rule to COVID.19@dhsoha.state.or.us or 971-266-2886.  

TEMPORARY RULE CHANGE:   Healthcare provider REALD collection and reporting rules

Healthcare provider REALD collection and reporting rules
Effective date: 9/30/2021-3/28/22

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is temporarily amending OAR 333-018-0011 pertaining to Race, Ethnicity, Language and Disability COVID-19 Data Reporting. 

Please direct any questions related to this rule to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, OHAREALD.Questions@dhsoha.state.or.us or 971-673-1240.

TEMPORARY RULE CHANGE:  COVID-19 Monoclonal antibody protocol to Protocol Compendia based on PHPFAC recommendation

Effective date: 9/1/2021-2/27/2022

The Public Health and Pharmacy Formulary Advisory Committee (PHPFAC) approved a protocol for the pharmacist prescribing and subcutaneous administration of COVID monoclonal antibodies (mAB) with REGEN-COVTM.

Please direct any questions related to this rule to pharmacy.rulemaking@bop.state.or.us or 971-673-0001.



PERMANENT RULE
School and childcare exclusion, public health, safety requirements for childcare providers, youth programs 


PERMANENT RULE: 
Reporting of SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequence results

Permanent Rule

Labs that sequence SARS-CoV-2 are required to transmit sequence data to OHA. Effective October 16, 2021


COVID-19 Disease Reporting Rules

COVID-19 Disease Reporting Rules Adopted

The rules for reporting COVID-19 have been adopted in Division 18, Chapter 333 disease reporting rules, including the reporting of diseases in out-of-state residents.

COVID-19 Disease Reporting Rules



 

Reporting Resources on this page:


Health Care Providers and Laboratorians

All Oregon physicians, other health care providers and laboratorians are required by law to report certain diseases and conditions to local health departments (pdf). Some cases are subject to restrictions (OAR Division 19) on school attendance, day care attendance, patient care, and food handling. Reporting enables appropriate public health follow-up for patients, helps identify outbreaks, and provides a better understanding of Oregon morbidity patterns. In 2007, the Oregon Legislative Assembly passed HB 2524 (pdf) authorizing the Health Care Acquired Infection Advisory Committee, a statutorily mandated committee, to advise Oregon Health Policy and Research (OHPR) on the development of a health care acquired infections reporting program in Oregon.

For more resources, see our page for Health Care Providers and Laboratorians.

Local Public Health Authorities

Listed below are key resources for LHDs related to disease reporting.

 Visit our Local Health Department page for more resources.

Disease Reporting Posters

New reportables are highlighted on the posters. Visit What and When to Report for more information. 

poster thumbnail: communicable disease reporting for clinicians  
poster thumbnail: communicable disease reporting for laboratories  
poster thumbnail: reporting healthcare-associated infections  
poster thumbnail: reporting CRE  

Featured Links

Disease Reporting Posters

Communicable disease reporting posters


Reporting Rules

All Oregon physicians, other health care providers, and laboratorians are required by law to report certain diseases and conditions to local health departments.


Surveillance Data

The Oregon Public Health Division collects data to inform physicians and the public about the infections that are identified in Oregon and whom they tend to affect.


Outbreak Summary Forms

All suspected food or waterborne outbreaks should be reported immediately to the on-call OHA epidemiologists. This form is usually completed by the OHA epidemiologist who is assigned to work with LPHA staff on the investigation.

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