Officials quiet over potential local tuberculosis case |

Officials quiet over potential local tuberculosis case

Grand County commissioners held an executive session Monday afternoon to discuss a confidential issue with public health officials potentially regarding tuberculosis.

While the exact topic of the executive session was kept confidential, the standard practice for executive sessions, a review of the board’s meeting agenda lays out the relevant state statute under which the executive session was called, specifically highlighting C.R.S. 25-4-511.

The state statute pertains to tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis is a potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs. Tuberculosis is communicable to others through microscopic droplets released into the air, usually via a cough, sneeze or when speaking.

The statute lays out the duties of the board of health and departments as it relates to confidentiality of records. Among other topics, the statute vests authority in boards of health to “direct any program of investigation and examination of suspected tuberculosis cases, including persons who have had contact with a person who has suspected or confirmed active tuberculosis.”

The statute additionally stipulates that any records retained by public health agencies or county coroner’s offices as a result of any investigation of tuberculosis “shall be kept strictly confidential.”

Grand County Public Health Director Brene Belew-LaDue told Sky-Hi News following the meeting that she could neither confirm nor deny the existence of any tuberculosis cases in Grand County, citing HIPAA laws.

“Grand County Public Health will be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our residents and visitors,” she said.

This story is developing.

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