Hospitals now will be required to send data on coronavirus patients to the Trump administration instead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Michael Caputo, the assistant secretary for public affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), confirmed the directive, which was first reported by The New York Times.
“[T]he new faster and complete data system is what our nation needs to defeat the coronavirus and the CDC, an operating division of the HHS, will certainly participate in this streamlined all-of-government response,” Caputo said in a statement issued to CNN.
“They will simply no longer control it,” he said.
The Times reported hospitals started sending the data to the department Wednesday, adding that the database will receive new information and isn’t open to the public, “which could affect the work of scores of researchers, modelers and health officials who rely on CDC data to make projections and crucial decisions.”