Kuster Statement on Trump Administration’s Move to Bypass CDC and Send COVID-19 Hospital Data Directly to Washington
**This alarming decision has raised fears that the Administration could politicize the science and keep important data from the public**
Concord, N.H., July 15, 2020
Today, Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s unprecedented decision to direct hospitals to send all COVID-19 data directly to the Administration’s own Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) instead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“President Trump’s decision to require hospitals to bypass the CDC and send all COVID-19 data directly to Washington is unprecedented and deeply troubling,” said Kuster. “This move has alarmed health experts who fear that this data will be kept from the public, researchers, and reporters – enabling the Administration to further politicize science and undermine its own health officials. At a time when cases are surging across the nation and more than 136,000 Americans have died from complications due to coronavirus, it's critical that our government continues to make COVID-19 data public so that we can work to stop the spread of this virus, save lives, and reopen our economy. This decision is wrong, misguided, and dangerous.”