Both agencies initially said they received federal guidance that such addresses should not be shared. But later, they said they would provide the addresses of those with positive tests after receiving updated information from a federal agency that it would not be inappropriate.
Streck said law enforcement and EMS crews have long taken measures to guard against contagious diseases when in the field.
“I understand the sheriff’s (Jones’) concern, but I hope our precautions, policies and procedures in place protect our deputies,” Streck said.
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As of Thursday afternoon, no law enforcement agencies or cities with first responders in Montgomery County had asked Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County for such information, according to a spokesman for the health department.
Jones said the Butler County department has been able to enter quarantine addresses into the dispatch system so when fire, EMS or police are called to a location they can immediately notified that it is a known quarantine location. This data does not contain any names, just the location of those quarantined.
“I find this disturbing and unacceptable,” Jones said. “I may be sending police and life squad members to a quarantined location without their knowledge. I understand the need to treat everyone as if they have the virus, but realistically we do not have the personal protective equipment to wear on every call.
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Staff Writers Lauren Pack and Mike Rutledge contributed to this story.