California Keeps Key Virus Data From Public

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Experts in infectious disease and public access are criticizing California’s secrecy in how it calculates when to lift stay-at-home orders. State officials project intensive care unit capacity and coronavirus spread four weeks into the future to make the determination. But they won’t share their data despite repeated pledges of transparency. The state health department says the information changes rapidly and making it public could cause more confusion. Dr. Lee Riley, chairman of the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health infectious disease division, disagrees. He says more uncertainty is created by not releasing the data. First Amendment Coalition Executive Director David Snyder is urging the state to change course.