"It remained unclear how hospitals — already strapped for resources — would be able to pivot effectively to a new reporting system during the pandemic."
"The Trump administration has taken control of COVID-19 data in the United States, leaving public health experts gravely concerned about whether anyone outside the administration will be able to access the vital information moving forward.
Such data is critical for health systems to plan for necessary resources and coordinate efforts, particularly during a pandemic.
'Whoever controls the data is in the driver's seat. They have the power,' said Dr. Christopher Ohl, a professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
'I'm concerned that we'll only get what their analyses and conclusions are, and there won't be any way to corroborate it,' Ohl said."