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Hogan urges delay to new federal rule requiring more COVID-19 information from hospitals

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Posted at 3:38 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 15:38:29-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Larry Hogan on Friday, speaking on behalf of the National Governors Association, called on the Trump administration to delay a planned change that would require hospitals to report more information on new COVID-19 cases to the federal government.

“These sudden changes by the federal administration impose undue burdens on our state health departments and hospital systems, which are already working at full capacity,” said Hogan.

States reportedly received the new requirements on Monday from United States Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, mandating changes be made by Wednesday.

Hogan accused the administration of threatening to withhold doses of Remdesivir to states who don't comply.

According to Hogan, the administration wants to use the information to better allocate supplies and drugs to states.

The governors are urging the White House to delay the change by 30-days in order for hospitals to learn a new system.