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Coronavirus In Ohio: House Passes Bill To Change Data Reporting Standards

women researcher working on COVID-19 test
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

The Ohio Senate is being asked to consider a bill passed along party lines in the House that requires new reporting standards for COVID-19.

The bill from state Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) would require state and local health departments to change the types of coronavirus data they collect. Grendell says the way stats are being reported scares Ohioans with information she considers to be misrepresented at best.

“They’re entitled to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Unfortunately, this has not been the case in the last four months," Grendell says.

The DeWine administration has always said it’s been transparent with data. Democrats say some information being sought is repetitive, some violates privacy laws, and says the reporting requirement is an unfunded mandate. The Ohio Senate has yet to take up the bill.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.