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Bill BL2019-44

An ordinance amending Metropolitan Code Chapter 10.16 to modernize the existing ordinance and authorize the Director of Health to initiate disease control measures for any reportable communicable diseases, as defined by the Tennessee Department of Health, or any notifiable infectious disease, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WHEREAS, in accordance with state law, Metropolitan Code Section 10.16.170 authorizes the Director of Health to initiate disease controls for specific diseases; and,

WHEREAS, the Tennessee Department of Health permits local health authorities such as the Metropolitan Public Health Department (“MPHD”) to establish appropriate control measures for any disease of public health significance; and,

WHEREAS, such diseases are regularly listed and updated by the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and,

WHEREAS, it is important for MPHD to have flexibility to immediately respond to indications of all communicable and infectious diseases; and,

WHEREAS, it is to the benefit of the citizens of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County that the existing ordinance be amended.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That Metropolitan Code Section 10.16.170, Section B is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following language:

When the chief medical director finds that the methods designated are ineffective in the control of an individual case of communicable disease or other measures are indicated, or that disease not described in this section, but recognized as a reportable communicable disease by the Tennessee Department of Health or as a notifiable infectious disease by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warrants a method of control, he or she is authorized to employ such additional restrictions as may be necessary for the protection of the public health.

Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect from and after its final passage, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Sharon Hurt, Ginny Welsch

Legislative History

IntroducedNovember 5, 2019

Passed First ReadingNovember 5, 2019

Referred toHealth, Hospitals, and Social Services Committee

Passed Second ReadingNovember 19, 2019

Passed Third ReadingDecember 3, 2019

ApprovedDecember 9, 2019

By:Mayor Cooper's signature

Requests for ADA accommodation should be directed to the Metropolitan Clerk at 615-862-6770.

Last Modified: 12/10/2019 12:55 PM