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Texas Refuses To Release Data On COVID-19, Nursing Homes As CMS Releases Its Own Data

  • June 08, 2020

The San Antonio Express-News (6/7, Tedesco) reports, “As Texas health officials refuse to say which nursing homes are suffering coronavirus outbreaks, a federal agency has released its own data that identifies 150 facilities in Texas with COVID-19 cases and 72 nursing homes where residents died.” The Texas Health and Human Services Commission “has received more than two dozen requests for its own database of coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes and long term care facilities.” But the “agency told the Texas attorney general’s office that privacy laws prohibit the release of the information – even though federal officials announced they planned to release their own version of the nursing home data.”