The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health (LDH/OPH) recently adopted an Emergency Rule that adds coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) / infections with SARS-CoV-2 to the list of reportable diseases and conditions set forth in §105 of Part II of the Sanitary Code (LAC Title 51). Specifically, COVID-19 is added to the list of Class A diseases that require reporting within 24 hours.
“Class A diseases or conditions include diseases or conditions of major public health concern because of the severity of the disease or condition and the potential for epidemic spread. Class A diseases or conditions shall be reported to the Office of Public Health by telephone (or in another electronic format acceptable to the Office of Public Health) immediately upon recognition that a case, a suspected case, or a positive laboratory result is known. In addition, all cases of rare or exotic communicable diseases, unexplained death, unusual clusters of disease and all outbreaks shall be reported. Any class A disease or condition, rare or exotic communicable disease, unexplained death, or unusual cluster of disease and any disease outbreak, shall be reported to the Office of Public Health as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours from recognition that a case, a suspected case, a positive laboratory result, an unexplained death, an unusual cluster of disease, or a disease outbreak is known.”
Additionally, the emergency rule makes all laboratory tests for COVID-19, whether positive or negative, reportable to the State within 24 hours of test result.
For the CDC’s coverage of COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
For the LDH’s coverage of COVID-19 in Louisiana, please visit http://www.ldh.la.gov/coronavirus/
For a list of all reportable diseases and reporting information, please visit the LDH website at http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/1013