Reporting of all COVID-19 cases and test results is required under Nevada's communicable disease reporting statutes and regulations as an "extraordinary occurrence of illness".
A provider of health care who knows of, or provides services to, a person who has or is suspected of having COVID-19.
A medical facility in which more than one provider of health care may know of, or provide services to, a person who has or is suspected of having COVID-19.
Immediately for confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19.
Health care providers should immediately notify both infection control personnel at their health care facility and their local/state health department in the event of a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19. Clinicians must report all confirmed and suspected cases by fully completing the Nevada Confidential Morbidity Report Form and sending it to their local health authority / the Nevada Office of Public Health Investigation and Epidemiology.
1. Except as otherwise provided in this section, a report of a case or suspected case, which is required to be made pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, must be made to the health authority during the regular business hours of the health authority on the first working day following the identification of the case or suspected case. The report may be made by:
(b) Telecopy, in the form prescribed by the health authority; or
(c) Any form of electronic communication identified by the health authority, in the form and manner specified by the health authority.
For More Information: Please contact DPBH M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at (775)-684-5911. The after-hours line can be contacted at (775)-400-0333.
NRS 441A.920 Criminal penalty and administrative fine for failure to comply with regulations or requirements of chapter. Every provider of health care, medical facility or medical laboratory that willfully fails, neglects or refuses to comply with any regulation of the Board relating to the reporting of a communicable disease or drug overdose or any requirement of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and, in addition, may be subject to an administrative fine of $1,000 for each violation, as determined by the Board.
Additional liability to third parties who are infected/injured by non-reported patient.
Hospitals MUST report all COVID-19 confirmed and suspect cases still awaiting laboratory confirmation to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) per the communicable disease reporting regulations under NAC 441A.108, subsection 2, c:
1. A disease which is not endemic to this State, is unlikely but has the potential to be introduced into this State, is readily transmitted and is likely to be fatal, including, but not limited to, typhus fever.
2. An outbreak of a communicable disease which is a risk to the public health because it may affect large numbers of persons or because the illness is a newly described communicable disease, including, but not limited to:
(a) An outbreak of an illness related to a contaminated medical device or product.
(b) An outbreak of an illness suspected to be related to environmental contamination by any infectious or toxic agent.
(c) An outbreak of a newly emerging disease, including, but not limited to, avian influenza.
3. A case of an illness that is known or suspected to be related to an act of intentional transmission or biological terrorism.