Public Health Programs and Activities

ORS 431A.005

As used in ORS 431A.005 (Definitions) to 431A.020 (Rules):


“Children’s facility” has the meaning given that term in ORS 433.235 (Definitions for ORS 433.235 to 433.284).


“Communicable disease” means a disease or condition, the infectious agent of which may be transmitted by any means from one person or from an animal to another person, that may result in illness, death or severe disability.


“Condition of public health importance” means a disease, syndrome, symptom, injury or other threat to public health that is identifiable on an individual or community level.


“Disease outbreak” means a significant or notable increase in the number of cases of a disease or other condition of public health importance.


“Epidemic” means the occurrence in a community or region of a group of similar conditions of public health importance that are in excess of normal expectancy and derived from a common or propagated source.


“Local public health administrator” means a local public health administrator as defined in ORS 431.003 (Definitions) or the authorized representative of a local public health administrator.


“Local public health authority” has the meaning given that term in ORS 431.003 (Definitions).


“Public health law” means any statute, rule or local ordinance that has the purpose of promoting or protecting the public health and that establishes the authority of the Oregon Health Authority, the Public Health Director, the Public Health Officer, a local public health authority or local public health administrator to enforce the statute, rule or local ordinance.


“Public health measure” means a test, medical examination, treatment, isolation, quarantine or other measure imposed on an individual or group of individuals in order to prevent the spread of or exposure to a communicable disease, toxic substance or transmissible agent.


“Reportable disease” means a disease or condition, the reporting of which enables a public health authority to take action to protect or to benefit the public health.


“School” has the meaning given that term in ORS 433.235 (Definitions for ORS 433.235 to 433.284).


“Specimen” means blood, sputum, urine, stool or other bodily fluids and wastes, tissues, and cultures necessary to perform required tests.


“Test” means any diagnostic or investigative analyses or medical procedures that determine the presence or absence of, or exposure to, a condition of potential public health importance, or its precursor in an individual.


“Toxic substance” means a substance that may cause illness, disability or death to persons who are exposed to it. [Formerly 431.260]


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Jun. 26, 2021