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Tennessee to stop sharing COVID-19 patient data with local law enforcement, first responders

Natalie Allison, Nashville Tennessean • May 27, 2020 at 2:13 PM

Tennessee will no longer share with law enforcement and other first responders a list of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, reversing a prior policy that faced bipartisan opposition.

The Department of Health, which Gov. Bill Lee in April instructed to begin releasing to first responders a daily list of names and addresses of people who had contracted the virus, will end the practice May 31, the governor's office informed officials around the state Tuesday evening.

"As the supply chain for PPE has stabilized, and our understanding of COVID-19 has increased, the Department of Health has determined the continued disclosure of information regarding COVID-19 cases is no longer warranted," Todd Skelton, legal counsel for the governor's coronavirus task force, wrote in an email to officials representing law enforcement, emergency communications and emergency management groups. Our partners at The Tennessean have more.