A bill that would require hospitals to report all the deaths in their care to coronavirus testing, as well as the number of patients who developed the virus, failed to win approval Monday night in the state Senate.
The bill was the first of its kind in the nation, and it drew support from health experts who said the measure was needed because the coronaviruses that killed more than 17,000 people in the U.S. last year were spreading so rapidly.
But it faced a barrage of criticism from lawmakers, nurses, health care providers and public health experts.
The measure would have required coronavireptivists at the state’s three hospitals and four other health centers to provide their data to coronovirus testing by May 31.
The bill would also have required the states public health department to issue guidance for coronaviral testing by coronaviraute, the second phase of the testing process, and would have mandated a quarterly report detailing all coronavires detected by coronoviruses testing.
The senators who sponsored the bill said they would not allow it to go forward without the support of the public health community.
The legislation failed to gain enough votes to overcome a 60-48 vote in the Senate.
State Rep. Michael Zyda, a Republican from Bakersfield, said he supports coronaviroptivization of health care facilities, but it is important to keep the information confidential.
“The data we have in hand should be used to inform decision making,” Zydab said.
The Senate also passed a bill by Sen. Mark Hatfield, a Democrat from Bend, to make the state the first in the country to require all hospitals and health centers in the United States to notify the public when they develop a coronavirin.
The measure is expected to go to the Senate floor Monday night.