COVID-19: Who Knows if you Test Positive?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress for people all over the world and social media has likely helped create more stress.

Rutherford County Public Information Officer Ashley McDonald told WGNS NEWS that if you test positive, your information is not given to the public...



While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define the coronavirus as a "Notifiable" condition, it does not mean that your name or address will be publicly reported. As with any medical condition, information about the patient is kept private under HIPAA.

However, information regarding a positive COVID-19 test must be reported to local and state health department officials (CDC Form Here).

HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed by Congress in 1996.

HIPAA does the following:

• Provides the ability to transfer and continue health insurance coverage for millions of American workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs;

• Reduces health care fraud and abuse;

• Mandates industry-wide standards for health care information on electronic billing and other processes; and

• Requires the protection and confidential handling of protected health information

CDC INFORMATION - When to Seek Medical Attention Immediately:

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion or inability to arouse
• Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

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