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Maine CDC Director says how they report data will not change despite President’s order

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Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 4:33 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - The way the Maine CDC reports data will not change.

This statement from Director, Dr. Nirav Shah Thursday.

Wednesday, the Trump administration ordered hospitals to send their data to the federal government rather than the CDC.

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The administration says the change will streamline data collection.

Dr. Shah says what the hospitals are required to send is not all the data.

The Maine CDC receives numbers on hospital resource information that Shah says is critical to their response.

This includes the number of ICU beds, the number of ventilators and current hospitalizations.

But Dr. Shah did stress that these procedural changes happened too quickly.

He also says the Maine CDC will continue to report coronavirus numbers daily as they have since the pandemic started.

”It did not leave time for proper consolation with states. Instead, it was announced and rolled out within 24 hours.”

Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC Director

”It did not leave time for proper consolation with states. Instead, it was announced and rolled out within 24 hours. We’re working with the federal government to make sure when subsequent changes of this nature are announced they brief states first, get our input, and make sure that input is reflected when they go live with those changes,” say Dr. Shah.

Dr. Shah says hospitals they’ve spoke with say this new reporting will be a challenge.

But he says they will support hospitals as best they can and continue to provide transparency for Mainers.

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