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Why information on confirmed cases of coronavirus is limited

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Why information on confirmed cases of coronavirus is limited
Why information on confirmed cases of coronavirus is limited

We learn about more confirmed cases of coronavirus almost daily.

Some people have been asking for more information about those cases, but local health departments say they are protecting the privacy of those testing positive.

FOR MORE SPECIFICINFORMATION ONCONFIRMED CASES.NBC 26'S JULIANAFALK REPORTS ONWHY SOME OF THATINFO ISN'T PUT OUT BYHEALTH OFFICIALS.ALMOST EVERY DAYWE GET NEWNUMBERS OFCORONAVIRUSCASES... AND WEOFTEN KNOW WHATCOUNTY THOSECASES ARE IN, BUTSHOULD PEOPLEKNOW MORE?"I DO KNOW THATTHERE'S A LOT OFINFORMATION THAT'SFLOATING AROUNDOUT THEREREGARDING HIPAA,HOW THE HIPAA LAWSAND PRIVACYSTATEMENTS WERERELAXED A BITREGARDING COVID."CLAIRE PAPROCKIWITH BROWN COUNTYPUBLIC HEALTH SAYSTHAT'S TRUE IN ASENSE... HIPAA LAWSWERE RELAXED FORLAW ENFORCEMENTAND PROVIDERS, BUTSHE SAYS NOT FORTHE GENERAL PUBLIC."SO THAT'S WHY WE'REJUST CHOOSING TO BEAS RESPECTFUL ASPOSSIBLE TO THECONFIRMED CASESAND THEIR FAMILYMEMBERS."BUT THERE ARE TIMESWHERE YOU WILL BENOTIFIED IF SOMEONEHAS TESTEDPOSITIVE..."IN ORDER TO BECONSIDERED A HIGHRISK CONTACT, YOUHAVE TO HAVE SPENT ASIGNIFICANT AMOUNTOF TIME SO LIKE 15MINUTES OR LONGERIN AN ENCLOSEDSPACE WITH THATINDIVIDUAL YOU KNOWWHO TESTEDPOSITIVE,"FOR EXAMPLE, AROOMMATE IN ANAPARTMENT UNIT...BUT IF ITS SOMEONEAT YOUR APARTMENTCOMPLEX..YOU MIGHTNOT BE TOLD."THEY'RE NOT OR THEYSHOULDN'T BE ATLEAST SPENDING ASIGNIFICANT AMOUNTOF TIME IN OTHERPEOPLE'S LIVING UNITSAT THIS TIME DUE TOTHE SOCIALDISTANCING ANDSAFER AT HOMEORDER THAT'S GONEOUT."PAPROCKI SAYS THEYWOULD TREAT IS KINDOF LIKE THEY WOULDIF SOMEONE WAS ATTHE GROCERY STOREAND TEST POSITIVE."IF SOMEONE IS ATFESTIVAL AND THEYTESTED POSITIVE,THAT DOESN'TNECESSARILY MEANTHAT EVERYONE NOWIN FESTIVAL FOODS ISA HIGH RISK CONTACT."SHE SAYS, PEOPLESHOULD BEPRACTICING SOCIALDISTANCING ANDWEARING MASKS ASDIRECTED WHENDOING THINGS LIKEGOING TO THEGROCERY STORE... TOPREVENT THESPREAD.

IN BROWNCOUNTY JULIANA FALKNBC 26WE HAVEN'T HEARDBACK FROM SEVERALAPARTMENTCOMPLEXES ABOUTSPECIFIC POLICIES IFTHERE'S ACONFIRMED CASE.TO SEE ANINTERACTIVE MAP OFCONFIRMED CASES INBROWN COUNTY, YOUCAN HEAD TO OURWEBSITE NBC 26.COM.HAVE YOU SEEN THE

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