August 10, 2020
State demands more info on virus infections
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State health officials say they’re not getting detailed information on the impact of the coronavirus on minority populations. In particular, race and ethnicity data are still missing from nearly 36% of cases in California.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) took regulatory action today, which goes into effect immediately, expanding data reporting requirements for providers and laboratories.

Regulations require providers to collect and report race and ethnicity data and report a patient’s gender identity and sexual orientation. The CDPH is demanding more information on patients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

“Complete data is essential to addressing health inequities and better designing public health interventions that save lives,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer. “These changes apply to COVID-19, and all reportable diseases, to help us understand their impact by race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.

She contends the data gives the state broader insight into racial and ethnic disparities and disparities among LGBT individuals.
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