Texas Health and Safety Code § 81.082. Administration of Control Measures

(a) A health authority has supervisory authority and control over the administration of communicable disease control measures in the health authority's jurisdiction unless specifically preempted by the department.  Control measures imposed by a health authority must be consistent with, and at least as stringent as, the control measure standards in rules adopted by the executive commissioner.

(b) A communicable disease control measure imposed by a health authority in the health authority's jurisdiction may be amended, revised, or revoked by the department if the department finds that the modification is necessary or desirable in the administration of a regional or statewide public health program or policy.  A control measure imposed by the department may not be modified or discontinued until the department authorizes the action.

(c) The control measures may be imposed on an individual, animal, place, or object, as appropriate.

(c-1) A health authority may designate health care facilities within the health authority's jurisdiction that are capable of providing services for the examination, observation, quarantine, isolation, treatment, or imposition of control measures during a public health disaster or during an area quarantine under Section 81.085 .  A health authority may not designate a nursing facility or other institution licensed under Chapter 242.

(d) A declaration of a public health disaster may continue for not more than 30 days.  A public health disaster may be renewed one time by the commissioner for an additional 30 days.

(e) The governor may terminate a declaration of a public health disaster at any time.

(f) In this section, “control measures” includes:

(1) immunization;

(2) detention;

(3) restriction;

(4) disinfection;

(5) decontamination;

(6) isolation;

(7) quarantine;

(8) disinfestation;

(9) chemoprophylaxis;

(10) preventive therapy;

(11) prevention;  and

(12) education.

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