Ted Deutch-led Democrats urging CDC to track and report school COVID-19 data

Rep. Ted Deutch and 23 other Democrats including Rep. Stephanie Murphy urged the federal government Tuesday to immediately begin tracking and releasing data on COVID-19 infections in schools.

Deutch, of Boca Raton, led a letter to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield on Tuesday asking him to begin collecting and publishing COVID-19 data to track the spread of the new coronavirus in schools. The data, they argued, would help researchers develop best safety practices to successfully continue reopening schools for in-person classes.

“The limited COVID-19 school data we do have so far is troubling,” the letter declares.

Deutch and the other members of Congress who signed the letter point to the CDC’s own report, “COVID-19 Trends Among School-Aged Children — United States, March 1–September 19, 2020,” which was released Monday. That report’s conclusions include, “it is important for schools and communities to monitor multiple indicators of COVID-19 among school-aged children and layer prevention strategies to reduce COVID-19 disease risk for students, teachers, school staff, and families. These results can provide a baseline for monitoring trends and evaluating mitigation strategies.”

That should not be left to local school districts and states, argued Deutch and the others in their

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