Friday, May 22, 2020

Maine CDC to improve its pandemic data reporting

Over the past couple of months, I've reported on a variety of shortcomings in the way the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention collects and/or shares data on the pandemic, from early problems keeping track of ICU bed capacity to being the only state in New England to not report cases by town and the only state in the entire Union incapable of calculating and reporting full test results (and positivity rates) daily.

As I reported in today's print edition of the Portland Press Herald, the agency has taken steps to improve and increase the data it shares and has promised to soon start releasing daily testing data and make even town-level case information. Details in the story.

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