An emergency order may be issued only by the State Health Commissioner
1. The local health director serves as the primary local point of contact on all matters related to the legal isolation of persons with active TB disease. As such, all requests to the State Health Commissioner for an emergency order or for a petition for court-ordered isolation must be made by the local health director.
2. Contact the Virginia Tuberculosis Control and Prevention Program for technical assistance regarding the process of legal isolation.
3. Once the local decision has been made to request consideration of legal isolation, the local health director contacts the Deputy Commissioner for Community Health Services or Chief Deputy Commissioner for Public Health to formally make the request to the State Health Commissioner.
4. The local health director or designee is responsible for obtaining and delivering copies of the appropriate medical records needed to proceed with the emergency detention. At a minimum, the records required for development of the emergency order and petition for court hearing include:
5. Upon the preliminary approval from the State Health Commissioner to proceed, the Virginia Tuberculosis Control and Prevention Program will work with the local health district, the Commissioner and the Special Counsel to the Virginia Department of Health from the Office of the Attorney General to facilitate the process for the emergency order.
6. While waiting for the signed emergency order, local health district responsibilities include: