It looks like the White House is making a grab to control COVID-19 data via a Peter Thiel project. It is pretty clear that deaths are already under reported (my own ballpark guess is the numbers should be about a third higher). The only reason I can see for this change is to cook the books and further under report COVID-19 cases and deaths. From The Verge.
The Department of Heath and Human Services may collect the data in a central database