Because Kewaunee County is a small community and any shared information may inadvertently identify a victim, the county is not giving specifics about the four county residents who have tested positive for coronavirus, Public Health Director Cindy Kinnard said Monday (April 13).
The decision is a side effect of the patient privacy provisions in HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and state laws, said Jennifer Gonzalez, public information officer and tourism coordinator for the county.
“We can add that the Kewaunee County Public Health Department believes that there is community spread,” Gonzalez said.
All four individuals are adults, and none of them are currently hospitalized, Kinnard said. They are quarantined at home. Contact investigations were conducted to identify everyone who may have been infected by the patients, and those at risk were asked to quarantine for 14 days, she said.
The county had 28 pending COVID-19 tests as of Monday afternoon. The vast majority of tests have been returned with negative results.
A total of 3,341 cases have been reported statewide, with 144 deaths, none in Kewaunee County. The state is not sharing how many of those people have recovered.