“Someone is Sick: Now What?,” Community Association Management Insider

“Someone is Sick: Now What?,” Community Association Management Insider

What do you do when one of your community association members is diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19)? Becker Shareholder Jennifer Horan reminds board members to exercise caution when considering privacy rights of residents, while also being transparent.

“I tell my boards in condo associations that they don’t necessarily have the duty to inform the owners that there’s been a positive test, but that it’s probably the best idea,” Horan says. “It depends on how active the community is, what kinds of amenities you have, etc. The more closely the residents gather, the greater the duty.” Most importantly, boards must consider the privacy rights of their residents. “There should be no identifying information unless the owner agrees in writing.”

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