CLOSE An epidemiologist answers the biggest questions she’s getting about coronavirus. WochitMore than 1,300 health care workers in Ohio have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the pandemic began, accounting for about 1 of every 5 positive tests in the state.But Ohio’s public health officials aren’t talking about where all those employees work, how they’re doing now or how many may have been infected in “hot spots,” or clusters of positive tests.State and local health departments, the Ohio Hospital Association, the Health Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati and the hospitals themselves all have refused to provide details beyond a statewide total.The reason? Most say revealing more information could jeopardize the privacy of infected employees.They say more specific numbers for hospitals, or even for entire cities or counties, could allow someone to figure out who got sick, thereby violating the workers’ privacy rights.“It is possible to piece together information … to possibly identify an individual,” said Melanie Amato, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health.It’s true some hospitals and counties are small, but most of Ohio’s health care workers and most cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, are in larger metro areas. Hamilton County is alone home to


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