Black Leaders Wary of COVID-19 Information Sharing

Public health officials in at least two-thirds of states are sharing addresses of people who are suffering from the coronavirus with first responders — a practice that has rankled some Black leaders.

Backers of the practice contend that protection of people who are fighting the disease is paramount, but African Americans leaders fear such efforts could result in racial profiling, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

In Tennessee, the issue has united both Republicans and Democratic lawmakers who are wary of the practice.

“The information could actually have a ‘chilling effect’ that keeps those already distrustful of the government from taking the COVID-19 test and possibly accelerate the spread of the disease,” the Tennessee Black Caucus said in a statement, AP reported.

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