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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 14, 2020 03:17 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Communicable Disease Reporting Requirements
I will soon be introducing legislation to provide for additional reporting requirements for the purposes of tracking communicable diseases. As we continue to work to provide the highest level of support and resources to the people of Pennsylvania during this pandemic, it is imperative that we make informed decisions. Unfortunately, some current laws and regulatory structures do not provide for access to information that we so desperately need during this time.
This legislation will provide for uniform reporting to the Department of Health to provide consistency among those required to report, as well as to ensure that we are tracking all the necessary and appropriate data points to prepare for, mitigate and respond to a communicable disease. This bill will not compromise the confidentiality of patient information.

I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me office.