The Wisconsin Supreme Court rules that the state Department of Health Services can release data on COVID-19 infections at businesses.
Tuesday’s 4-3 decision comes in an October 2020 suit filed by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce against DHS and the Evers administration. WMC was concerned that release of information about positive COVID cases could be harmful to businesses.
Liberal justices, Ann Walsh Bradley, Rebecca Dallet and Jill Karofsky, and conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn, ruled that the information can be released in response to media open records requests.
Conservatives argued personal health information could be inadvertently released.