WASHINGTON CO. OEM: LARGE INCREASE IN ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES RESULT OF REPORTING ERROR

CASE NUMBERS SHOULD REFLECT ACCURATE TOTAL TUESDAY

  

Anyone consulting the state’s COVID-19 dashboard over the weekend may have been surprised to see an abnormally large increase in active cases in Washington County, but local officials say that increase is not accurate.

As of Sunday, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported 515 positive cases, 153 recoveries, 39 deaths, and 323 active cases in Washington County.  Those numbers would reflect an addition of 236 active cases and a reduction of 220 recoveries from Friday, but Washington County Emergency Management Coordinator Bryan Ruemke said the changes were the result of an error.

According to Ruemke, the DSHS Public Health Region 7 office in Temple made an error in the data it reported to the DSHS office in Austin, who controls the statewide COVID-19 dashboard.

Previous numbers reported by DSHS painted an encouraging picture for the state of cases in the county, with active cases dipping below 90 and recoveries approaching 375 as of Friday.

Ruemke said he has been assured that the dashboard for Washington County will be fixed, but he has been told the numbers on the dashboard will not reflect accurate case numbers until tomorrow (Tuesday).  He hopes that tonight’s (Monday) case update will fix the error, but the change may not come until tomorrow night’s update.

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8 Comments

  1. I understand making a mistake here and there but every single one of the “errors” made have been to inflate the numbers. Why is that?

  2. Don’t believe any of this “politically correct” propaganda! These numbers are not accurate and do not reflect the actual state of affairs for COVID-19 in this city or county. First, these numbers are 2-3 days behind the actual number of cases. The general public cannot get tested without having symptoms or being “triaged”. There should be an open testing facility at all times for the public to get tested. The cost is not important!

  3. You are wrong.
    The county has about 39,000 people and 90 active cases, 39 deaths( mostly in nursing homes), and you are concerned about what?
    Please enlighten me on why we should be worried at all.

  4. I’m glad to hear that number wasn’t correct, while we still have cases. We as a community are trending in the right direction.
    Stay safe everyone.

  5. When will we get true and accurate information from some one we can trust! Not the government that’s for sure.

  6. A county with this many active cases should have a testing site at all times who do you contact in reguards to this?

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