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COVID-19: South Carolina Department of Health Best Practices for Businesses – Privacy Concerns

Where an employee tests positive, HR, Employee Relations or a supervisor should collect from the employee relevant information about their test results (e.g., date of onset of symptoms, date and location where test was performed, date test results were received), and information about whether the employee came into close contact with other employees or visitors; notify coworkers of close contact or possible exposure, while maintaining the confidentiality of the infected person.


This presents an interesting move and Privacy Challenge for companies  – now companies are maintaining personal healthcare information – HIPPA data.