Previously public data has already disappeared from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website after the Trump administration quietly shifted control of the information to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Since the pandemic began, the CDC regularly published data on availability of hospital beds and intensive care units across the country. But Ryan Panchadsaram, who helps run a data-tracking site called Covid Exit Strategy, said that when he tried to collect the data from the CDC on Tuesday, it had disappeared.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that states were told to stop sending hospital information to the National Healthcare Safety Network site, the CDC’s system for gathering data, beginning Wednesday. Instead, all data will now be reported through HHS’ reporting portal.
I had hoped it was a glitch, but no…The @CDCgov hospital capacity dashboard has gone dark. @CDCDirector has said CDC still has access to the data but apparently the public no longer does. pic.twitter.com/FyRt7YHvKc
— Charles Ornstein (@charlesornstein) July 16, 2020
Not too much to say that the entire weight of the federal government is now harnessed to hiding information about the pandemic and force-marching the economy and schools into a dead cat bounce to salvage President Trump’s reelection prospects. That’s really it.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 16, 2020
As of today, hospitals are directed by the Trump administration to report Covid data not to CDC but solely to Teletracking and HHS Protect, both owned by billionaire Trump allies. Dictators control information. Time for some civil disobedience by hospital administrators?
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 16, 2020
Trump’s ordering of @CDCgov to report #COVID19 statistics (incl deaths) to White House only via private contractor means CDC’s online hospital capacity dashboard now gone dark, hidden to the public. But leaving bodies of COVID victims in hospital driveways doesn’t hide anything. pic.twitter.com/NQbw6CPwL7
— Sandi Logan (@SandiHLogan) July 16, 2020