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In a letter, public health advisers to the US government said they are “extremely concerned” and “troubled” about the change in how hospitals report Covid-19 info.

Approximately three dozen current and previous users of the Healthcare An infection Handle Practices Advisory Committee shared their fears in a letter intended to be read by the US Section of Health and Human Expert services (HHS) and obtained by CNN. 

The committee is an impartial group of experts that present guidance to the HHS and the US Centers for Ailment Regulate and Prevention on an infection manage techniques and tactics. When asked by CNN, HHS did not validate if it had received the letter. Users of the committee claimed that the CDC, which is component of HHS, was informed of the letter. 

The letter, dated July 31, described hospitals as “scrambling” to determine how to meet new daily Covid-19 reporting requirements to HHS.

In a memo posted on the HHS website on July 10, the Trump administration ordered all hospitals to report all Covid-19 client information to HHS, instead than to the CDC and HHS, as they had been undertaking. The Trump administration said the change would streamline the data assortment approach. 

“We are particularly concerned about this abrupt adjust in Covid-19 reporting,” the letter stated. Retiring the CDC system that was in operation would have “serious repercussions on info integrity.” 

By removing the data assortment undertaking from the CDC, the country would lose decades of experience in decoding and examining information about infectious illness and it would jeopardize the department’s targets of creating interventions that would make improvements to public health, the letter explained. 

In a statement to CNN, an HHS official said the CDC method “was unable to keep up” with the demands of the pandemic. 

“Today, CDC has access to all the data it the moment experienced and a lot more. The CDC’s NHSN was unable to keep up with the fast-paced information collection requires of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Michael Caputo, HHS assistant secretary for general public affairs, mentioned in an e mail.

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