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Gov. Ricketts: Nebraska won’t release specific COVID-19 numbers at meatpacking plants

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says the state won't release specific numbers of cases at meatpacking plants, like Tyson's facilities in Dakota City, or Madison.

During his daily news conference Wednesday, Ricketts said its a matter of privacy, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also know as HIPAA.

HIPAA protects individuals' medical records and other personal health information.

The employer is not entitled to get around HIPAA laws," said Gov. Pete Ricketts, (R) Nebraska. "So, unless the person who works for the employer specifically tells the employer they have coronavirus, and gives them permission to release that, the employer can't do anything about that. So, it's not like we can go to the employer and ask."

So, Ricketts says, the state will stick with reporting aggregate data provided to the state by public health departments and testing companies.


LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts held his daily news conference Wednesday at 2 p.m. to update the public on the state's response to COVID-19.

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