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HHS Releases New Covid-19 Hospitalization Database

On Monday a new website (HHS Protect Public Data Hub) of Covid-19 hospitalization data was launched by HHS, with officials stating it offers a more complete picture of the outbreak than the data previously compiled by the CDC, reports CNBC. As noted last week (AHT 7/15/20), hospitals are now required to report data directly to the Department of Health and Human Services, bypassing the CDC. Jose Arrieta, HHS’ chief information officer, stated at least some of the raw data will be available to the public, including third-party researchers. CNBC writes Mr Arrieta referred to CDC’s reporting system having collected data from about 3,000 of the country’s roughly 6,200 hospitals, while the HHS’ new system collects data from about 4,500 hospitals most days.

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