Bill requires infectious disease data reporting within 14 days of emergency declaration

    The Ohio Statehouse. Photo by Jake Zuckerman.

    Two Ohio legislators introduced a bill to require the state’s Department of Health to publish infectious disease data online.

    House Bill 619 is cosponsored by state Rep. Kris Jordan, R-Ostrander, and Brett Hudson Hillyer, R-Uhrichsville. The bill would require the state health department to publish data within 14 days of the governor declaring “an emergency relating to infectious disease,” according to the bill language.

    Required to be reported are numeric totals and per capita rates for:

    • Individuals tested for the infectious disease
    • Cases
    • Hospitalizations
    • ICU admissions
    • Deaths
    • Individuals who have recovered

    Also required are dates of the onset of disease, hospitalization, ICU admission, release from the hospital and deaths related to the disease. The bill also directs the health department to organize the information by state and county; age, race and sex; and laboratory confirmed versus presumptive positive cases.

    Susan Tebben
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