CDC blasted for removing public data on tests for coronavirus


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Lawmaker blasts CDC for removing public data on number of Americans tested for virus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has abruptly stopped disclosing the number of Americans tested for the novel coronavirus, a move one lawmaker has called “unacceptable.”

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In recent days, the agency has posted statistics to its website detailing the impact of the virus as it spread across the United States. Figures include a breakdown of confirmed and presumed patients and the total number of deaths, cases and tests administered.

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But as Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) noted Monday, one of those numbers suddenly vanished from the site.

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“Americans are dying,” Pocan wrote in a letter to CDC director Robert R. Redfield. “We deserve to know how many people have been tested.”.His letter cited comments made Sunday by Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, who said there could be “hundreds or low thousands” of coronavirus cases in the U.S.

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Given this possibility, Pocan said, “knowing that CDC testing is keeping pace with the likely number of cases is imperative to maintaining public trust.”

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