BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration has stopped sharing information about residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus with local officials in dozens of parishes.
The Louisiana Department of Health ended the data-sharing Friday.
Louisiana was one of few states still providing the patient names to local law enforcement or emergency workers, particularly after civil liberty and community activists raised privacy concerns around the country. In Louisiana, the health department had raised worries about parishes potentially violating federal privacy laws governing the sensitive health care data.
“It is past time for us to end this practice. This data no longer serves its original intent and in fact could lead first responders to make the wrong decisions in protecting themselves,” the health department said in a statement to The Associated Press.
The agency began sending lists of people with positive tests and their addresses to local