Code of the District of Columbia

§ 2–391. Contractor reporting of positive cases.

*NOTE: This section was created by temporary legislation that will expire on February 4, 2022.*

(a) A District government contractor or subcontractor shall immediately provide written notice to the District if it or its subcontractor learns, or has reason to believe, that a covered employee has come into contact with, had a high likelihood of coming into contact with, or has worked in close physical proximity to a covered individual.

(b) Notices under subsection (a) of this section shall be made to the District government's contracting officer and contract administrator, or, if a covered individual is in care or custody of the District, to the District agency authorized to receive personally identifiable information. The notice shall contain the following information:

(1) The name, job title, and contact information of the covered employee;

(2) The date on, and location at, which the covered employee was exposed, or suspected to have been exposed, to SARS-CoV-2, if known;

(3) All of the covered employee's tour-of-duty locations or jobsite addresses and the employee's dates at such locations and addresses;

(4) The names of all covered individuals whom the covered employee is known to have come into contact with, had a high likelihood of coming into contact with, or was in close physical proximity to, while the covered employee performed any duty under the contract with the District; and

(5) Any other information related to the covered employee that will enable the District to protect the health or safety of District residents, employees, or the general public.

(c) A District government contractor or subcontractor shall immediately cease the on-site performance of a covered employee until such time as the covered employee no longer poses a health risk as determined in writing by a licensed health care provider. The District government contractor shall provide a written copy of the determination to the contract administrator and the contracting officer before the covered employee returns to his or her tour-of-duty location or jobsite address.

(d) The District shall privately and securely maintain all personally identifiable information of covered employees and covered individuals and shall not disclose such information to a third party except as authorized or required by law. District contractors and subcontractors may submit notices pursuant to subsection (a) of this section and otherwise transmit personally identifiable information electronically; provided, that all personally identifiable information be transmitted via a secure or otherwise encrypted data method.

(e) For purposes of this section, the term:

(1) "Covered employee" means an employee, volunteer, subcontractor, or agent of a District government contractor or subcontractor that has provided any service under a District contract or subcontract and has:

(A) Tested positive for the novel 2019 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2);

(B) Is in quarantine or isolation due to exposure or suspected exposure to the novel 2019 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2); or

(C) Is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

(2) "Covered individual" means:

(A) A District government employee, volunteer, or agent;

(B) An individual in the care of the District, the contractor, or the subcontractor; or

(C) A member of the public who interacted with, or was in close proximity to, a covered employee while the covered employee carried out performance under a District government contract or subcontract and while the covered employee was at a District government facility or a facility maintained or served by the contractor or subcontractor under a District government contract or subcontract.

(3) "COVID-19" means the disease caused by the novel 2019 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

(4) "District government facility" means a building or any part of a building that is owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the District government.

(5) "SARS-CoV-2" means the novel 2019 coronavirus.

(f) This section shall apply to all District government contracts and subcontracts that were in effect on, or awarded after March 11, 2020, and shall remain in effect during the period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency pursuant to § 7-2304.01, and for 30 days thereafter.