A judge has ordered that the McHenry County Department of Health divulge the names of coronavirus patients to emergency dispatchers so police know who has the virus when they respond to emergency calls, prosecutors said.
H/T: Chicago Tribune
Illinois State's Attorney Patrick Kenneally sided with Sheriff Bill Prim over the Health Department and filed a lawsuit to force disclosure of patient information that would normally be protected by existing law.
The Health Department refused to reveal the names, prosecutors stated in a news release. Health departments have typically cited privacy concern in withholding such information, specifically the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
The court order directed the Health Department to disclose the names within 24 hours of being notified. The order also required that the names of patients shall be purged from the dispatch system seven days after the health department deems the patients no longer contagious. The court also ordered that all the information received by the dispatch system be kept confidential.
McHenry County State's Attorney's Office chose representing sheriff over McHenry County Health in disagreement https://t.co/Zyz0CApSQI— Northwest Herald (@nwherald) April 17, 2020
Invasive and a HIPAA violation. https://t.co/kcIzeEcfHi— Kaela (@MzKae87) April 16, 2020
Unbelievable. The judiciary is enabling the police state. This did not happen with the HIV epidemic or any other major public health issue. HIPAA now means nothing. https://t.co/xJmR0slWT6— Aaron Monheim (@AaronMonheim) April 15, 2020
Clearly a HIPAA violation. https://t.co/Rqf92g0Z9R— AnonymousEve-Text TRUMP to 88022 (@AnonymissEve) April 17, 2020