Florida, Iowa, South Dakota cut COVID-19 reports as cases rise – .

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Florida, Iowa, South Dakota cut COVID-19 reports as cases rise – .


Florida, Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska have gone from daily reporting to weekly reporting of coronavirus data as cases rise across the country, preventing communities from tracking outbreaks and deaths in real time during a new phase of the pandemic.
The Florida Department of Health announced a reduction in its public data in early June, citing an increase in vaccinations and a decrease in new cases. The state began to see a spike in new cases a few weeks later, driven by the highly virulent Delta variant.

Florida’s weekly data, released on Friday, still provides communities with overall trends. Cases have continued to rise in the state which now accounts for 20% of the nation’s new COVID-19 cases, with its latest publication reporting 73,000 more infections, nearly double the 45,000 reported the previous week.

People line up at a walk-in COVID-19 testing site in Miami Beach, Florida on November 17, 2020.
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State Representative Anna Eskamani, a Democrat, urged Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to resume daily reporting of cases, deaths and hospitalizations. “There was absolutely no reason to eliminate daily updates beyond an effort to pretend there were no updates,” she said, according to the Associated Press.

The Iowa Department of Public Health described the shift from daily to weekly reports in a note to local public health officials in late June, citing a “transition to the resumption of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The change came because the number of cases remained largely unchanged from figures reported in the early stages of the pandemic in 2020. But the state has also seen an increase in the number of cases since the change, the news is. infections having doubled this month compared to June.

Citing lower case numbers and an increase in vaccinations, the South Dakota Department of Health announced a shift to weekly case reporting, five days a week, starting July 5. reported last week.

Nebraska removed its online dashboard, stopping reporting coronavirus cases in early July as it eliminated its latest social distancing guidelines after Governor Pete Ricketts declared the state of emergency ended linked to the state’s pandemic. The state launched a new website with weekly updates just two weeks later after the decision to stop providing updates was heavily criticized by health experts who have not been in. able to track the spread of the virus.

Supporters of the switch to weekly reports say it’s convenient to focus on the seven-day moving average of new cases, as numbers can vary widely from day to day due to the processing capacity of the tests. .

While critics argue that Americans should be armed with the information necessary to closely monitor cases and trends in order to make decisions about attending rallies and using masks.

News week contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for comment.

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