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Nevada attorney general calls for CDC to release control over COVID data

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Posted at 3:26 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 19:05:01-04

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford urged the Trump Administration to immediately withdraw its new reporting structure that prohibits hospitals from reporting COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and instead creates a system controlled solely by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The letter was sent to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II by 21 attorneys general, urges the Department to restore the CDC to its rightful role as the primary authority over and source of information about the nation’s public health data.


In the letter, the attorneys general argue that the Trump Administration’s decision to bypass the CDC in this national crisis harms the nation’s ability to track and respond to the pandemic; hampers state and local public health efforts to address the crisis in their communities; risks compromising the health data of millions of Americans; and undermines public confidence in any reports about COVID-19 coming from the federal government.

The full letter can be read here.