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County Says COVID-19 Reporting Will Be Limited Starting Monday

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County Says COVID-19 Reporting Will Be Limited Starting Monday

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The Texas Legislature in September suspended funding for its Texas Health Trace system. File image.

Comal County’s Public Health Department said today it will change the way it reports data beginning Monday, Nov. 1.

Individual cases will no longer be investigated and the positivity rates will be dropped from reports.

The Texas Legislature suspended all funding for its Texas Health Trace system on Sept. 1, opting to revert to the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System, which has limited reporting capacity.

The county will no longer have access to all previously reported data.

“Individual cases will no longer be investigated. The focus will shift to investigating hospitalizations, deaths, and defined outbreaks such as outbreaks within nursing homes and long-term care facilities,” said Public Health Director Cheryl Fraser. “We will not be able to access information on active cases, recoveries, regional location, and age category. Missing data also means that we won’t be able to calculate a positivity rate.”

The new dashboard will show the number of new COVID-19 cases per day, total COVID-19 cases, the total number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county, and total COVID-19 deaths.

“We will also be adding the percentage of fully vaccinated residents to show the overall vaccination rate within Comal County,” she said.

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