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Reporting Mandates For COVID Expires

The federal government’s mandate that hospitals report COVID-19 rates ended today. Experts say data was vital to ending the pandemic. Dr. Gerald Parker at Texas A&M says other surveillance systems are in place that rely on a network of labs and clinics. There is also wastewater surveillance. Today’s end to the reporting requirement comes as COVID-19 hospitalizations are at the lowest levels since the start of the pandemic. But there are always fears of a new variant.