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Experts Warn Trump Plan Hinders Crucial Reporting Of Coronavirus Data

In a memo sent by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on July 10, hospitals in the United States were ordered to start reporting COVID-19 patient information to a new centralized database set up by President Donald Trump's administration. And now, according to the New York Times, 34 current and former members of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee are warning that the requirement is burdensome for hospitals and will have "serious consequences on data integrity."

The Times reports that members expressed their concerns in a previously unpublished July 31 letter that reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg has obtained. In the letter, Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee members fear that the change had hospitals "scrambling to determine how to meet daily reporting requirements."

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Public Outrage Forces CDC To Restore Hospital Data On Website

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been seen as a key metric of both the coronavirus's toll and the health care system's ability to deal with it. Recent federal actions may strike a blow to the public's ability to track them.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed from its website, and then restored, data on hospital capacity across the country to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. But in a note, the agency indicated that the data may no longer be updated because of a change in federal reporting requirements to hospitals.

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Gov. Kemp Apologizes For Gross Distortions Of Covid-19 Data

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

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