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S. 4351 (116th): TRUST CDC Act

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The data collection system for COVID cases changed in July, but was the old system better?


The federal agency Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has perhaps never been more in the public eye than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their public website National Healthcare Safety Network (NSHN) calls itself “the nation’s most widely used healthcare-associated infection tracking system.”

Hospitals had been reporting their COVID-related data on a daily basis to the network, including the number of hospital beds and occupancy, the number of ICU (intensive care unit) beds and occupancy, number of mechanical ventilators and number in use, number of confirmed and suspected COVID cases for both adult patients and pediatric patients, and number of deaths.

In July, the Trump Administration issued a new directive that hospitals should report ...

Sponsor and status

Sheldon Whitehouse

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Rhode Island. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 29, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Jul 29, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 29, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


2 Cosponsors (2 Democrats)



Jul 29, 2020

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S. 4351 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 4351. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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