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.