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Communicable Disease Reporting Rules

Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs): Investigation and Control of Disease


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All Oregon physicians, other health care providers, and laboratorians are required by law to report certain diseases and conditions to local health departments. Some cases are subject to restrictions on school attendance, day care attendance, patient care, and food handling. There are civil penalties (333-124-0001) for failure to comply with the statutory and administrative rule requirements in divisions 100 through 123. See also clinical laboratory regulations, and requirements for Oregon lab reporting to local health departments.

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Temporary Rules

OAR 333-019-0010
Preventing transmission of disease by exclusion of susceptible persons from school and child care

Effective January 7, 2015 to July 5, 2015

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention section has temporarily amended OAR 333-019-0010 pertaining to control of communicable diseases through disease-related school, child care and worksite restrictions.

It is the Authority’s intention to begin the process to make these rules permanent.

Current Oregon law authorizes the Oregon Health Authority to exclude persons from work or attendance at school or childcare facilities if they have reportable diseases; and to exclude persons from attendance at school or child care facilities if they are not immunized according to OAR 333-050-0050 or have a nonmedical exemption to immunization.

The form for claiming a nonmedical exemption to immunization requirements has parents sign a statement that reads, “I understand that my child may be excluded from school or child care attendance if there is a case of disease that could be prevented by vaccine.” [View form (pdf)]. Moreover, ORS 433.260 (1) reads, “Whenever any administrator has reason to suspect that any child or employee has or has been exposed to any restrictable disease and is required by the rules of the Oregon Health Authority to be excluded from a school or children’s facility, the administrator shall send such person home…” However, no rule explicitly addresses this exclusion of non-ill but exposed susceptible persons.

Chickenpox has recently broken out in an Ashland, Oregon school with a high rate of nonmedical exemptions to the statewide requirement for chickenpox vaccination. In such a situation, unimmunized children would typically be excluded, but questions have arisen as to who has authority to require such exclusion. We have been advised by our counsel to clarify this authority in rule as suggested by ORS 433.260. This temporary rule, which we would expect to make permanent, is intended to clarify public health’s authority to require such exclusions.

For more details, please see the following rulemaking documents and the full text of the temporary rules.

Current Rules

View the table of contents for all Public Health Division OARs

Communicable Disease Rules: Chapter 333, divisions 17, 18, 19, 26, 56

Disease Control (definitions and references)

  • 333-017-0000 Definitions
  • 333-017-0005 Reference documents

Disease Reporting (responsibilities and requirements)

  • 333-018-0000 Who is responsible for reporting
  • 333-018-0005 To whom reports shall be made
  • 333-018-0010 Form of the report
  • 333-018-0015 What is to be reported and when
  • 333-018-0018 Submission of isolates to the public health laboratory
  • 333-018-0020 Handling of Reports by the local public health authorities
  • 333-018-0030 Reporting of HIV test results
  • 333-018-0035 Procedures involving emergency response employees [renumbered from 333-018-0023

Investigation and Control of Diseases (general powers and responsibilities)

  • 333-019-0000 Responsibility of public health agencies to investigate reportable diseases
  • 333-019-0002 Cooperation with public health authorities
  • 333-019-0005 Conduct of special studies by the DHS; Disease-related school, child-care and worksite restrictions

Disease-Related School, Child Care, and Worksite Restrictions

  • 333-019-0010 Imposition of restrictions
  • 333-019-0014 Removal of restrictions

Pet licensing, animal bites and rabies

  • 333-019-0017 Rabies vaccination for animals
  • 333-019-0019 Dog licensing
  • 333-019-0022 Wolf-dog hybrids
  • 333-019-0024 Management of animal bites
  • 333-019-0027 Management of possibly rabid animals

Other Disease-Specific Provisions

  • 333-019-0031 Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / Human Immunodeficiency Virus [renumbered from 333-019-0223] (Note specific rules regarding reporting requirements for HIV and AIDS may be found in OAR 333-018-0015. Rules regarding informed consent for HIV testing and confidentiality of HIV test results may be fond in OAR 333-012-0265 and 333-012-0270.)
  • 333-019-0036 Special precautions relating to pregnancy and childbirth
  • 333-019-0039 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome [renumbered from 333-018-0025]
  • 333-019-0041 Tuberculosis [renumbered from 333-019-0405]
  • 333-019-0046 Typhoid

Enforcement of Public Health Rules

  • 33-026-0030 Civil Penalties for Violations of OAR Chapter 333, Divisions 18 and 19

Infectious Waste

  • 333-056-0010 Purpose of infectious waste administrative rules
  • 333-056-0020 Definitions relating to infectious waste
  • 333-056-0030 Infectious waste treatment
  • 333-056-0040 Infectious waste storage times and temperatures
  • 333-056-0050 Prevention of disease transmission by blood-contaminated sharp objects

Related Oregon Health Authority Rules

Oregon Department of Education (ODE)

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