Florida, Iowa, and South Dakota shrink COVID-19 reports due to surge in cases


With the surge in cases across the country, Florida, Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska have changed from reporting coronavirus data daily to reporting coronavirus data weekly, thereby preventing communities from tracking outbreaks in real time during the new phase of the pandemic And death.

The Florida Department of Health announced in early June that it had reduced its public data, citing increased vaccinations and fewer new cases. A few weeks later, the state began to observe a surge in new cases, driven by the highly virulent Delta variant.

The weekly data released by Florida on Friday still provides overall trends for the community. Cases in the state continue to climb and currently account for 20% of the country’s new COVID-19 cases. Its latest released cases show 73,000 new infections, almost double the 45,000 reported in the previous week.

People line up at the COVID-19 testing station in Miami Beach, Florida, on November 17, 2020.
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Democratic State Representative Anna Eskamani urges Republican governors Ron DeSantis Resume daily reports of cases, deaths and hospitalizations. According to the Associated Press, she said: “There is absolutely no reason to eliminate daily updates other than trying to pretend that there are no updates.”

The Iowa Department of Public Health outlined the changes from daily reports to weekly reports in a memo to local public health officials in late June, citing the “transition to the recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic.” This shift has occurred because the number of cases has remained largely unchanged from the data reported earlier in the 2020 pandemic. But since the change, the number of cases in the state has also increased sharply, and the number of new infections this month has doubled compared with June.

The South Dakota Department of Health, based on the decrease in the number of cases and the increase in the number of vaccinations, announced that it will report cases every week, 5 days a week starting from July 5. The state released its third weekly update on Wednesday, with 198 new cases, up from 109. Reported last week.

Nebraska canceled its online dashboard and stopped reporting coronavirus cases in early July, because after Governor Pete Ricketts declared the state of emergency related to the pandemic ended, Neb Las Vegas cancelled the remaining social distancing guidelines. After the decision to stop providing updates was strongly criticized by health experts who were unable to track the spread of the virus, the state launched a new website with weekly updates two weeks later.

Proponents of the shift to weekly reports say that it is feasible to focus on the 7-day rolling average of new cases, because the numbers change drastically every day due to test processing capabilities.

Critics believe that Americans should have the necessary information to closely track cases and trends in order to make decisions about attending parties and wearing masks.

Weekly newspaper Contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for comments.

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