Jul. 10, 2020

HARRISBURG – To keep Pennsylvanians abreast of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure they have a better understanding of the number of virus cases, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) sent Dr. Rachael Levine, secretary of the Department of Health, a letter seeking information on data the department has collected and its internal policies to provide clarity on the information the general public is receiving.

“Since the start of the pandemic, I have been keeping tabs on data disseminated by the Department of Health,” Grove said. “Though I appreciate and applaud its efforts to track the virus, there have been some alarming abnormalities and missing data in the information the department has released.”

For example, there have been several instances of the state’s death toll decreasing. There also appears to a substantial lag between the time tests are conducted, results come back and when the figures are released. This skews the numbers and does not allow for the ability to accurately track virus trends. Further, we have yet to see a clear picture on the impact of prisons or contact tracing efforts.

Grove hopes answers to the questions he posed in the letter will provide a cleared picture of the virus.

“As we continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, it is imperative for the public and the General Assembly to have the most up-to-date and detailed information on the pandemic,” Grove said.

The letter can be found on Grove’s website. Go to RepGrove.com and click on “Letter to Secretary Levine” under the newsroom tab.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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