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Minnesota health officials continue to conceal names of senior care facilities with coronavirus


Chris Serres – Star Tribune

The entrance to Johanna Shores, a senior living community in Arden Hills where two residents have been infected with the novel coronavirus. Residents were notified of the cases by facility management, but state officials have declined to reveal the names and locations of other facilities where the virus has spread.

Despite the mounting death toll from the novel coronavirus, Minnesota state health officials continue to conceal vital information that could affect thousands of state residents: the names and locations of the growing number of long-term care facilities where residents and staff have tested positive.

The Minnesota Department of Health has repeatedly declined to disclose the information, citing concerns that releasing the names of facilities would violate state privacy laws by potentially exposing the personal identities of those infected with the virus. The agency has insisted on keeping the facility names confidential even as officials in other states - including California, Colorado and Washington - have provided the names and locations of long-term care facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.


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