Well I was just notified when I came into work that someone tested positive for COVID-19 at the store I work at and all employees have to get a temperature test before working for a few weeks. Mind you, they did not close the store for sanitation and they are only checking employees not customers. How is this fair? Then where are they going to store this temperature information. Doesn't this violate HIPAA guidelines??
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When has Giant Eagle cleaned its stores even before COVID? At most of the stores especially here in Ohio, I never or rarely saw cleaning crews and at most of the smaller stores, they got rid of them completely.
Taken directly from HHS’s website:
Who is Covered by HIPPA’s Security Rule
The Security Rule applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and to any health care provider who transmits health information in electronic form in connection with a transaction for which the Secretary of HHS has adopted standards under HIPAA (the “covered entities”) and to their business associates. For help in determining whether you are covered, use CMS's decision tool.
Read more about covered entities in the Summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule - PDF - PDF.
The HITECH Act of 2009 expanded the responsibilities of business associates under the HIPAA Security Rule. HHS developed regulations to implement and clarify these changes.
See additional guidance on business associates.
What Information is Protected
Electronic Protected Health Information. The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information, called protected health information (PHI), as explained in the Privacy Rule and here - PDF - PDF. The Security Rule protects a subset of information covered by the Privacy Rule, which is all individually identifiable health information a covered entity creates, receives, maintains or transmits in electronic form. The Security Rule calls this information “electronic protected health information” (e-PHI).3 The Security Rule does not apply to PHI transmitted orally or in writing.