Business lobby tries to block release of Wisconsin COVID-19 case data

An American Foods Group employee walks past a sign that says “Heroes trabajan aquí,” meaning “Heroes work here,” on April 28 in Green Bay.

A judge temporarily blocked the state health department from releasing the names of businesses linked to COVID-19 cases on Thursday, after the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce sued to stop the release of the information to media outlets.

The state’s largest business lobbying group argued Thursday that the records are protected by patient confidentiality laws and that disclosure will “irreparably” harm businesses by “effectively blacklisting them.”

The order from Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lloyd V. Carter will remain in effect for five days. 

Track COVID-19 in Wisconsin:See the latest numbers and trends

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel requested Wisconsin Department of Health Services data on facilities associated with COVID-19 cases on June 6.

The department announced in July that it would release the names of businesses with outbreaks, but backtracked after business groups and Republican lawmakers pushed back against the idea.

Read More: Business lobby tries to block release of Wisconsin COVID-19 case data

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Get more stuff like this
in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.