(St. Paul MN-) The Minnesota Department of Health will soon begin releasing the names of nursing homes where COVID-19 has broken out. MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm yesterday said "With the current level of concern we believe it is important to balance value with government transparency and sharing info with the public. To that end, we decided to update that approach to share more info in long-term care facilities. Still trying to nail down some details, but we'll be moving quickly in next day or two."
It has been the Minnesota Department of Health's preference to this point to not give specific information about where COVID-19 patients live outside of providing their county of residence.
That will continue to be the case for most people who test positive for the virus, but beginning soon the department will provide names of some long-term care facilities where outbreaks are happening.
The decision comes following the Star Tribune publishing a story in which an elderly law attorney argued that "it's absolutely critical for the public to know which facilities have [COVID-19 cases] or this could jump from facility to facility like wildfire.”