Disease reporting allows public health officials to investigate communicable diseases and take steps to protect the public. The Washington Administrative Code requires health care providers, laboratories, and health care facilities to report “notifiable conditions” to local health departments or, for some conditions, to the state Department of Health. See generally chapter
246-101 WAC. Health care providers and health care facilities also are required to report disease outbreaks. WAC 246-101-105(1)(c), -305(1)(d).
This chapter also discusses federal and state privacy laws. See discussion infra § 4.30.