Informal Comment Period for Communicable Disease Rule Closes July 15

Communicable and Certain Other Diseases outlines requirements for the prevention and control of infectious and noninfectious diseases. Notifiable Conditions outlines requirements for reporting information that is necessary for public health officials to protect the public's health by tracking communicable diseases and other conditions.

During the 2020 Legislative Session, the Legislature passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1551, Modernizing the control of certain communicable diseases (Chapter 76, Laws of 2020). This bill modernizes the state’s control of communicable disease laws by ending statutory HIV/AIDs exceptionalism, reducing HIV-related stigma, defelonizing HIV exposure, and removing barriers to HIV testing. The new law took effect June 11, 2020.

The Board filed a CR-101, Preproposal Statement of Inquiry, on July 16, 2020 for Chapter 246-100 WAC, Communicable and Certain Other Diseases, and Chapter 246-101 WAC, Notifiable Conditions. The CR-101 announces to the public that the Board is considering amending these chapters to implement changes made by ESHB 1551 to assure consistency with the bill’s requirements and protect public health and safety. The Board may also consider other technical or editorial changes as needed.

The Board adopted amendments to chapter 246-101 WAC at its March 2021 public meeting. Amendments include minor editorial revisions consistent with the changes in ESHB 1551. More information is available on the Notifiable Conditions rulemaking web page.

The Board seeks feedback on draft revisions to chapter 246-100 WAC Communicable and Certain Other Diseases. To submit comments, you may:

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