Governor Announces State Will Begin Reporting Coronavirus Patient Race Data

audit-3737447_1920 - pixabay - 4.8.2020By week’s end, the state’s health lab will begin reporting out data on the race of patients who contract or die from coronavirus.  The Governor will also urge private labs to report the data as well but cannot force them to do so.

As reported by The Baltimore Sun:

Maryland releases the gender, age and county of residence for those who have died of the coronavirus. Anne Arundel County just began offering a breakdown of confirmed cases by ZIP code.

Hogan said there are no federal requirements for private labs to collect such racial data, and he said he would not want to push companies so much that they would refuse to handle Maryland cases.

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Maryland will start reporting info about race of coronavirus patients, governor says (The Baltimore Sun)