Should COVID-19 patient data be shared with law enforcement in Chattanooga area?

Housing Authority police have pulled out of agreement with the state, but Collegedale and East Ridge remain

Staff photo by Doug Strickland / An East Ridge police cruiser is seen in this file photo.

After one local law enforcement agency pulled out of an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Health to receive the names and addresses of residents who test positive for COVID-19, only two local agencies remain in the agreement, according to the latest information from the state health department.

Those two agencies are East Ridge and Collegedale police.

"Governor [Bill] Lee and the Department of Health have stated that they believe that sharing this information with the first responders will enable officers and employees to protect themselves as well as individuals in their custody from the community spread of COVID-19, among other benefits to the public health, safety and welfare," said Bridgett Raper, spokeswoman for the Small Cities Coalition of Hamilton County, which encompasses East Ridge and Collegedale.

Last month, the Tennessee Department of Health, at the request of Gov.