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S. 4351 (116th): TRUST CDC Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 29, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

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 ...



2d Session

S. 4351


July 29, 2020

(for himself, Mrs. Feinstein, and Mr. Reed) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


To require States and hospitals to report COVID–19 health data directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Transparent Reporting and Use of Statistics in the Transmission of Coronavirus Data Collection or the TRUST CDC Act.


Sharing of COVID–19 health data


In general

Notwithstanding the updates to the guidance of the White House Coronavirus Task Force entitled, COVID–19 Guidance for Hospital Reporting and FAQs For Hospitals, Hospital Laboratory, and Acute Care Facility Data Reporting, issued on July 10, 2020, States and hospitals required to report data with respect to COVID–19 pursuant to such guidance shall report such information directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and shall not be required to report such data to the Department of Health and Human Services as described in such updates.


Public posting of data; updates

The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shall—


not later than 7 days after the date of enactment of this Act, reinstate the website of such agency containing COVID–19 data, including the number of cases, deaths, and diagnostic and serologic tests per State; and


update such data on such website daily thereafter.