FL has finally released the names of long-term care facilities with positive cases of COVID-19

Novel coronavirus SARS CoV2, which causes COVID-19. Microphotography by National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases

After concerns about transparency and the public’s right to know, the Florida Department of Health this weekend identified the names of long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases.

The 303 facilities show infections in 45 of the 67 counties in Florida.

The largest numbers are in Dade, with 54 facilities; Broward, 39; Palm Beach; 36, and Pinellas, 25.

The First Amendment Foundation in Tallahassee published commentary last week, urging that the state identify the long-term facilities that have infections.

“The state should release records that would show which long-term care facilities have active COVID-19 cases, but it hasn’t. Instead, we find stronger leadership in places like Pensacola, where Mayor Grover Robinson called for the state to disclose nursing home data,” wrote Pamela Marsh, a lawyer and president of the First Amendment Foundation.

The list is here.