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HIPAA Privacy Rule Guidance

The HHS Office of Civil Rights has published guidance clarifying that the HIPAA Privacy Rule does permit disclosure of patient COVID-19 information to law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders, and public health authorities without patient authorization.

All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.