A federal court judge said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had overstepped its authority in requiring masks on public transportation, a mandate that legal experts considered well within the bounds of the agency’s charge to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the nation. Public health experts worry the ruling will hamper the agency’s ability to respond to future outbreaks. The CDC has asked the Department of Justice to appeal the decision.
The plan would build upon a hospital data collection system designed by the Department of Health and Human Services under the Trump administration. Management of the program was transferred last month to HHS's lead public health agency, the CDC.