A local event caused several COVID infections. Officials won’t say what it is| Webb

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Evansville Courier & Press on 10/6/2020 by Jon Webb

Here’s the grim way the Vanderburgh County Health Department described a recent event.

Few people wore masks. They didn’t socially distance. And as a result, several attendees tested positive for COVID-19, adding to the mountain of cases lording over the Evansville area.

The VCHD referenced that event in a statement to Eyewitness News over the weekend. And when I reached out to health department administrator Joe Gries, he went into the details about masks and distancing.

But there was a problem: the department refused to say what event it was talking about. That demurring continued Monday.

“The health department does not share specific information about positive COVID-19 cases due to HIPAA,” he told me via email. “Also, the information of positive cases belongs to the entity/business/organization, and it would be up to them to notify the public if they wanted to share that information.