Today, the Oregon Legislative Assembly will again consider whether more sunshine might be the cure for some murky COVID-19 reporting.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and local public health administrators would be required under Senate Bill 719 to disclose aggregate data from reportable disease investigations to the public.
Outbreaks of foodborne illnesses would be among reportable disease investigations covered by the new law. The state and local health agencies would be required to make public all aggregate data without disclosing an individual’s identification.
The Oregon Senate Health Committee carried SB 719 over from its schedule last week to 1 p.m. today.
So far, SB 719 has stirred up enough interest that it has existed outside of the regular deadlines and cutoffs that kill most bills. Most bills not clearing their house of origin in Oregon were declared dead by mid-March.
In earlier testimony in favor of the bill, Tom Holt, … Read more