One year in, Health Department overhauls COVID-19 data reporting

A year of Covid. The graph above represents the daily Covid numbers The Davis News has tracked from OSDH since the pandemic lockdown began in March of 2020. This daily number will now no longer be available, but the weekly totals of the last year have allowed us a glimpse of where we stand locally in relation to the curve.

After a solid year of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, the Oklahoma State Department of health decided to make significant changes to its various daily and weekly reports.
No longer will OSDH give a daily update on COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries in each county and city around the state. The changes though, are aimed at providing more clarity rather than obscuring it, the department says.
OSDH issued the following statement regarding updates to the state’s COVID-19 data dashboard on the OSDH website:
“A number of changes have been made, starting this week, to the state’s COVID-19 data dashboard. These changes are intended to better represent Oklahoma’s COVID-19 data to the public,” said Joli Stone, Deputy State Epidemiologist. “After a year of reporting daily numbers in many categories, with cases, deaths and hospitalizations all trending downward, and vaccination continuing to trend upward, we believe now is a good time to switch to weekly reporting. Data transparency has been and will continue to be important to OSDH, no matter the cadence of reporting.”
Moving forward, the following changes will be implemented and all data will be updated on the dashboard on Wednesdays. The changes include:
Immunization data
The total vaccine doses administered figure now matches the CDC’s published total, which includes federally administered doses. For this reason, this figure will be larger than Oklahoma’s prime and boost doses combined, which only reflects the state administered doses.
The count of allocated vaccine doses to the state has been removed from the dashboard. As vaccine administration progresses, intricacies in reporting this data without extensive context mean it is not a consistently accurate figure to reference.
CDC data
Cases from the CDC COVID tracker and 7-day case average have been added to the dashboard.
Deaths from CDC/NCHS provisional death certificate data (i.e., deaths with any mention of COVID-19) have been added to the dashboard.
OSDH case investigation data
All numbers in this section will now be updated on a weekly basis, rather than daily, along with the underlying dashboards and downloadable data.
This is a similar move like we recently made with COVID-19 death reporting.
A daily case number will still be included Monday – Friday in the Situation Update.
Other planned changes
We plan to change the date the Weekly Epidemiology Report is distributed, Alert Map is updated and weekly vaccine data is refreshed. These reports will be published weekly on Wednesdays and will reflect the previous week’s data.
The latest version of the dashboard can be found at https://oklahoma.gov/covid19.html.

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