Healthcare Professionals & Medical Providers
Utah law requires prompt disease reporting to allow the local health agency to interrupt disease transmission; locate and provide prophylaxis or treatment to exposed contacts; identify and contain outbreaks; ensure effective treatment and follow-up of cases; and alert the medical community.
Diseases requiring immediate reporting should be telephoned to the Davis County Health Department disease reporting line: (801) 525-5220. The disease reporting line is available 24/7. After regular business hours and at rare times when staff are temporarily unavailable, a confidential voice mail system provides an emergency number for diseases requiring immediate reporting. The confidential voicemail system is also available for reporting non-urgent diseases. Non-urgent disease reports may either be telephoned to the disease reporting line, or faxed to (801) 525-5210. Faxed reports and messages left through the disease reporting line voice mail will receive a prompt response.
Disease Reporting Rule
Diseases are required to be reported according to the Communicable Disease Rule R386-702, under authority of State Statute Sections 26-1-30, 26-6-3, and 26-23-b. All reports required by rule are confidential and are not open to public inspection. Nothing in this rule precludes the discussion of case information with the attending physician or public health workers. A release of information is not required to provide public health workers with patient information. To access the full text of Utah Administrative Code, Communicable Disease Rule, click here.
Public Health Reporting & HIPAA
Utah law requires reporting certain diseases to the local public health agency and includes providing additional patient information if necessary to assist public health efforts to investigate or respond to disease reports. Patient authorization for these disclosures is waived under federal HIPAA provisions. To view a legal statement from the Utah Attorney General authorizing communicable disease reporting in accordance with HIPAA, click here.
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