CDC to scale back data collection as US ends COVID health emergency

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By Ahmed Aboulenein WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday it would stop reporting or monitoring COVID-19 case data and transmission rates after the government ends the pandemic’s public health emergency designation next week. The agency will stop using its color-coded COVID-19 Community Levels (CCL) system, which relies on those metrics to track the spread of the virus and will instead primarily rely on hospital admission data. The government on May 11 will end the COVID-19 public health emergency that allowed millions of Americans to r…

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