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The CDC is stripping information from its coronavirus site

Rep. Mark Pocan has called on the CDC to bring back a tally of those tested, and those who have died, because of the virus.


Andrew Wyrich


Published Mar 3, 2020   Updated Jan 27, 2021, 2:25 pm CST

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is no longer showing how many Americans have been tested for the coronavirus—and a congressman is calling them out for it.

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Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) wrote a letter to the director of the CDC on Monday, saying that he’d “like to know why” the agency’s website stopped listing how many people have been tested for, and died, from the coronavirus. He also requested that the CDC begin showing those numbers again.

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“Americans are dying,” Pocan wrote in the letter to CDC Director Robert Redfield. “We deserve to know how many Americans have perished from COVID-19, and we deserve to know how many people have been tested for it.”

The Wisconsin lawmaker posted his letter to Redield on Twitter, adding that the disappearance of the numbers was “unacceptable.”

“This is unacceptable. I just sent a letter to @CDCDirector demanding answers to why their website removed public data on the number of patients tested in the United States. The American people deserve answers,” Pocan tweeted late Monday.

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On Sunday, the website showed the total number of people tested in the United States, according to an archive of the page from Wayback Machine.

At the time, the CDC’s website said 472 people had been tested for the virus, with one death from a “presumptive positive” case.

The number of people tested, and total deaths, are no longer on the CDC’s website.


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*First Published: Mar 3, 2020, 9:56 am CST