Contact Tracing

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                                                            A bill for an act
relating to public health; creating a COVID-19 testing and contact tracing bill of rights. 




            Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) The definitions in this subdivision apply to this section.     

            (b) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of health

            (c) "Contact tracing" means identifying individuals who may be at risk of contracting 
COVID-19 through contact, in a manner consistent with known or suspected modes of 
COVID-19 transmission, with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

            (d) "COVID-19 testing" means a diagnostic test used to detect the virus that causes 
COVID-19 in order to make a diagnosis of COVID-19.

            (e) "Tested positive for COVID-19" means an individual who has received a positive 
diagnostic test for COVID-19 and is currently contagious.

            Subd. 2. Testing and contact tracing bill of rights. (a) Notwithstanding any law to the 
contrary, the following requirements on behalf of individuals, patients, and residents must 
be met by any program established by the commissioner of health that involves COVID-19 
testing or contact tracing:

            (1) no testing on an individual shall be performed without the consent of the individual 
being tested;

            (2) if an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the individual must be informed that 
the individual is not required to cooperate with contact tracing, and may refuse to provide 
requested contact information;

            (3) if the commissioner of health or the commissioner's contracted vendor is conducting 
contact tracing, the commissioner or vendor must provide the individual with a Tennessen 
warning in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, 
section 13.04, subdivision 2; and

            (4) results of any testing performed on an individual by a provider as defined under 
Minnesota Statutes, 
section 144.291, shall be considered a health record under Minnesota 
section 144.292, and shall not be disclosed or released without consent from the 
individual in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, 
section 144.293, subdivision 2.

            (b) Any contact tracing data collected by the commissioner of health or the 
commissioner's contracted vendor pursuant to a program that identifies an individual are 
classified as private data on individuals as defined in Minnesota Statutes, 
section 13.02, 
subdivision 12
. Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 13.3805, paragraph (b), clause 
, the commissioner shall establish procedures and safeguards to ensure that any data 
collected under a program including an individual's address of residence is not released by 
the commissioner or its contracted vendor in a form that identifies a specific individual 
unless the individual has provided consent for its release.

            (c) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 144.419 to 144.4196, if an asymptomatic 
individual refuses to be tested for COVID-19 as part of a COVID-19 screening process, the 
commissioner of health shall not have the authority to pursue an ex parte order under 
Minnesota Statutes, 
section 144.4195, authorizing the isolation or quarantine of the 

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