/ Modified jan 1, 2022 9:36 a.m.

Arizona court upholds decision to not release COVID records

An appeals court says not all COVID records are public.

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An Arizona appellate court has upheld a lower court’s decision to deny a request for medical records related to COVID-19.

J.D. Ball of Scottsdale represented himself in the case initially filed in Maricopa County Superior Court in 2020 against the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The agency had refused to provide Ball with documents he requested concerning the coronavirus outbreak.

Ball argued he needed the information for a book he was writing about COVID-19 so he could “source the data” because he believed there “is no public health emergency in the state of Arizona.”

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