Bill Text: VA HB5048 | 2020 | 1st Special Session | Engrossed


Bill Title: Outbreaks of communicable disease of public health threat; posting of information about cases.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 36-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2020-09-25 - Passed Senate with amendment (36-Y 0-N) [HB5048 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2020-HB5048-Engrossed.html
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HOUSE BILL NO. 5048
House Amendments in [ ] -- August 27, 2020
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 32.1-37.01, relating to outbreaks of communicable disease of public health threat; posting of information.
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Patron Prior to Engrossment--Delegate Sickles
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Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 32.1-37.01 as follows:

§32.1-37.01. Posting of information about cases of communicable disease of public health threat.

A. As used in this section:

"Reporting entity" means a medical care facility, residential or day program, service or facility licensed or operated by any agency of the Commonwealth, school, or summer camp required to report an outbreak of a communicable disease pursuant to [ subsection B of ] § 32.1-37.

B. Upon declaration of an emergency by the Governor pursuant to §44-146.17 in response to a communicable disease of public health threat, the Department shall make information regarding outbreaks of such communicable disease of public health threat reported pursuant to §32.1-37 available to the public on a website maintained by the Department, provided the release of such information does not violate the provisions of §32.1-41. Such information shall include (i) the name of the reporting entity at which an outbreak of such communicable disease of public health threat has been reported; (ii) the number of confirmed cases of such communicable disease of public health threat reported by such reporting entity; and (iii) the number of deaths resulting from such communicable disease of public health threat reported by such reporting entity.

[ 2. That an emergency exists and this act is in force from its passage. ]

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