About two dozen states have changed their schedules for sharing data on new coronavirus cases and deaths as the number of cases continue to drop as the vaccines get more widely distributed, CNN reports.
Most of the changes shift reporting from seven days per week to just five days. Alabama and Kansas will report data three times per week. Florida will report cases and deaths just once per week. Data scientists and public health experts warn that cutting reporting may hide outbreaks of the coronavirus, making cases harder to track.
“As far as I know, we’re still in a public health emergency as a country,” Lori Tremmel Freeman, the association’s chief executive officer, told CNN Wednesday. “That has not been downgraded yet.”
Eight states–Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont–reported that they now have more than 50% of their adults fully vaccinated.