Illinois kept details on nearly 2,600 COVID-19 outbreaks confidential

Several COVID-19 break outs in schools, offices and jails across Illinois have actually not been made public, according to a report in USA Today.
The Illinois Department of Public Health does not release comprehensive info about COVID-19 outbreaks openly, but internal statewide information reveals nearly 2,600 break outs took place in the state from July to September. U.S.A. Today got the data from the Documenting COVID-19 project at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation in collaboration with the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.
The Illinois health department said it is following state and federal laws to safeguard the identities of COVID-19 positive individuals by not launching outbreak info openly. The state does aim to make information available about the kinds of areas and facilities where outbreaks happen.
Three details from the Oct. 12 report:
1. The total variety of COVID-19 cases at correctional facilities in Illinois was nearly double the figure reported by the Marshall Project and The Associated Press.
2. Among five meat packing plants in the state owned by Hormel, cases were double what was formerly reported.
3. More than 100 elementary through high schools in Illinois reported COVID-19 cases.
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