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Police receive coronavirus-positive residents' addresses in Massachusetts, Alabama
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Alabama and Massachusetts health officials are sharing with law enforcement the addresses of people diagnosed with new coronavirus so emergency responders can be properly prepared when answering 911 calls involving those who have tested positive.
The personal information is limited to the addresses of people who have known COVID-19 cases, and is only provided to first responders, such as police officers, according to the respective laws.
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"It's only on an as-known, as-needed basis," Leah Missildine, executive director of Alabama's 911 Board, told VICE News in a story published Tuesday. "The impetus behind this is to protect first responders because 9-1-1 receives the information and coordinates the response of first responders."
As of Wednesday morning, at least 999 COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths were reported in Alabama, data from Johns Hopkins University and Medicine's Coronavirus Resource Center shows.