ORS 433.008¹
Confidentiality of disclosure
  • exception
  • privilege
  • authorization of disclosure

(1) Notwithstanding ORS 192.410 (Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505) to 192.505 (Exempt and nonexempt public record to be separated), the Department of Human Services, the local public health administrator, all officers and employees thereof and all persons to whom disclosures are made under this subsection or subsection (2) of this section shall not disclose the name or address of, or otherwise disclose the identity of, any person reported under ORS 433.004 (Reportable diseases) except to officers or employees of federal, state or local government public health agencies as may be necessary for the administration or enforcement of public health laws or rules.

(2) If the department or local public health administrator has determined that a reported person’s disease or condition is in a contagious state and that the person is violating the rules of the department pertaining to control of that disease, it may disclose that person’s name and address to persons other than those stated in subsection (1) of this section if clear and convincing evidence in the particular instance requires disclosure to avoid a clear and immediate danger to other individuals or to the public generally. A decision not to disclose information under this subsection, if made in good faith, shall not subject the entity or person withholding the information to any liability.

(3) Except where required in connection with the administration or enforcement of public health laws or rules, no public health official or employee shall be examined in an administrative or judicial proceeding as to the existence or contents of a report under ORS 433.004 (Reportable diseases) or any record thereof.

(4) The disclosures and examination prohibited by this section may otherwise be authorized by the specific written consent of the person who is the subject of the report or the authorized representative of the person. [1987 c.600 §5]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 433—Disease and Condition Control; Mass Gatherings; Indoor Air, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­433.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.
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