Notifiable Conditions - COVID-19 Reporting

Chapter 246-101 WAC 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.

On April 13, 2022, the Washington State Board of Health (Board) adopted an eighth emergency rulemaking order to continue to designate COVID-19 as a notifiable condition and extend, without lapse, the requirements created under WAC 246-101-017, a new section.

The adoption of an eighth emergency rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, and general welfare of the State of Washington during the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure continued compliance with the federal CARES Act.

The emergency rule requires health care providers, health care facilities, laboratories, local health jurisdictions, and the Department of Agriculture to report certain demographic, testing, and other relevant data for each COVID-19 test. The emergency rule also specifies reporting requirements by testing entity and test type in accordance with updated guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Entities licensed to conduct moderate or high complexity testing must report all positive, negative, and inconclusive test results from all NAAT and antigen tests performed for COVID-19.
  • Entities licensed to conduct waived tests under a certificate of waiver must report positive test results from all waived tests, excluding antibody testing, for COVID-19.

The emergency rule became effective on August 18, 2022 and will be in effect for 120 days. 

The Board filed a CR-101, Preproposal Statement of Inquiry, on July 23, 2021 to integrate emergency rule requirements and provisions into permanent rule. More information can be found on the COVID-19 permanent rulemaking web page.

Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050
State Board of Health Contact:
Department of Health Contact: Alexandra Montaño, 360-236-4205

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