Austin Public Health changes method for reporting COVID-19 recoveries

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June 04, 2020 - 11:42 am
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AUSTIN ( -- Austin Public Health officials are changing the method of reporting recoveries from COVID-19 on their tracking dashboard.

Thursday's update saw the number of recoveries jump from 1,380 to 2,917. Officials say the change aligns the local data with that of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

The new method estimates recovered cases by starting with the total number of confirmed cases, removing fatalities, then estimating that approximately 20% of the cases required hospitalization and 80% did not. From there, hospitalized cases are considered recovered after approximately 32 days, and non-hospitalized cases are considered recovered after approximately 14 days. Officials say the hospitalization statistics are based on published trends from China.

"This approach will align us with DSHS reporting," APH Chief Epidemiologist Janet Pichette said. "It will provide a much better idea of the cases that have recovered in our community."

Prior to the change, APH was presenting "reported" recoveries based on the results of case investigations.


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