California to collect gender identity, sexual orientation data during COVID-19 testing

California will add sexual orientation and gender identity to the information collected during COVID-19 testing, according to a report from KCRA 3, a local NBC affiliate.

The state said it is including the new requirement for those conducting coronavirus tests, in addition to the collection of race and ethnicity data, to help make healthcare more equitable. The new reporting requirement extends to all communicable diseases.

Despite the existing race and ethnicity data reporting requirement, that information is still missing for about 36 percent of COVID-19 cases, according to the California Department of Public Health.

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