Bill Text: VA SB5090 | 2020 | 1st Special Session | Enrolled


Bill Title: COVID-19 virus; Commissioner of Health shall make information available to public on a website.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Passed) 2020-10-21 - first day of the fourth month following the month adjournment sine die of this special session) [SB5090 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2020-SB5090-Enrolled.html

VIRGINIA ACTS OF ASSEMBLY -- CHAPTER
An Act to direct the Commissioner of Health to make certain COVID-19-related data available to the public.
[S 5090]
Approved

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. §1. For the duration of the emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to §44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia in response to COVID-19, the Commissioner of Health shall make available to the public on a website maintained by the Department of Health information about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, by week and by health district, including (i) the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19; (ii) the number of confirmed cases by age group and by race and ethnicity; and (iii) the percentage of cases that are known to be associated with a nursing home, assisted living facility, or correctional facility, provided that the release of such information does not violate the provisions of §32.1-41 of the Code of Virginia.

§2. For the duration of the emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to §44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia in response to COVID-19, the Commissioner of Health shall make available to the public on a website maintained by the Department of Health information about and analyses of data required to be made available to the public pursuant to §1 to facilitate better understanding of such data.

§3. For the duration of the emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to §44-146.17 of the Code of Virginia in response to COVID-19, the Commissioner of Health shall develop and make available to the public on a website maintained by the Department of Health COVID-19 indicators with thresholds to include case incidence rate, percentage of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests that are positive, rate of COVID-like illness visits to emergency departments, rate of current confirmed COVID-19 intensive care unit hospitalizations, and percentage of hospital beds that are currently occupied.

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