Delaware Laws - Title 20 Military and Civil Defense
Subchapter V. Public Health Emergencies

Sec. 3131. Findings. (922)(1-click HTML)

The State finds as follows: (923)

(1) Government must do more to protect the health, safety and general well-being of the general public. (924)

(2) New and emerging dangers, including emergent and resurgent infectious diseases and incidents of civilian mass casualties, pose serious and immediate threats. (925)

(3) A renewed focus on the prevention, detection, management and containment of public health emergencies is called for. (926)

(4) Emergency health threats, including those caused by bioterrorism and epidemics, require the exercise of extraordinary government functions. (927)

(5) Delaware must have the ability to respond, rapidly and effectively, to potential or actual public health emergencies. (928)

(6) The exercise of emergency health powers must promote the common good. (929)

(7) Emergency health powers must be grounded in a thorough scientific understanding of public health threats and disease transmission. (930)

(8) The rights of people to liberty, bodily integrity and privacy must be respected to the fullest extent possible consistent with the overriding importance of the public's health and security. (931)

(9) Guided by principles of justice, it is the duty of this State to act with fairness and tolerance towards individuals and groups. (932)

(10) This subchapter is necessary to protect the health and safety of the citizens of this State. (933)

(73 Del. Laws, c. 355, Sec. 13.) (934)


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