A southwestern Idaho newspaper on Friday stated it should file a lawsuit in opposition to the state Division of Well being and Welfare if the company doesn’t flip over the names of long-term care amenities within the state with confirmed or possible instances of COVID-19 amongst residents and employees.
The Idaho Statesman, by way of its legal professional, despatched a letter to the company contending the data ought to be made accessible below Idaho’s Public Information Act.
The newspaper requested the data in a public information request earlier this month. However the company denied the request, saying it failed to satisfy the necessities of the general public information legislation.
The newspaper’s legal professional, Debora Grasham, within the letter stated the exemptions cited by the company don’t help denying the request.
The newspaper reported that by way of public information requests to native public well being businesses and statements from facility homeowners it confirmed the names of 14 of 22 amenities.
The newspaper stated that these 22 amenities had 273 virus instances and 44 deaths.
Idaho has 2,770 confirmed instances of the virus and 82 deaths, in keeping with a tally Friday by Johns Hopkins College.
For most individuals, the coronavirus causes delicate or reasonable signs, equivalent to fever and cough that clear up in two to 3 weeks. For some, particularly older adults and other people with present well being issues, it could actually trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia, and dying.