Disclose health records for public’s sake

Opinion from Quad-City Times Executive Editor Jan Touney:

A story on Page A1 … details efforts by the Quad-City Times and The Gazette of Cedar Rapids to make public the name of an eastern Iowa business investigated in connection with a March outbreak of norovirus.

Several Quad-City area families sickened by the virus contacted us and were referred by Scott County health officials to the Johnson County Health Department in late March. We followed up, pursuing public records to confirm the account.

But officials whited out any reference to the name of the business, even the dates of the complaints.