The Valdez Unified Command has shifted to different methodology for COVID-19 case count reporting.
Until this time, new Valdez cases have been reported real-time as notification is received of positive test results from DHSS Division of Public Health and the local medical community. Recovered Valdez case reporting has been updated as those cases were shifted from “active” to “recovered” on the DHSS Response Hub Data Dashboard. The term “recovered” in this context means the patient has been released from public health isolation monitoring and is no longer considered contagious. Please note, even following release from monitoring, the patient may continue to experience after effects of the disease.
A decent data entry delay for case recoveries now exists on the DHSS Dashboard. There is a time delay between when a patient is released from public health isolation monitoring and when that case shows as recovered on the DHSS Dashboard.
Because “active” vs “recovered” case counts are being used locally by both the Valdez Unified Command and the Valdez School District for important operational decision making, this data entry delay for recoveries poses challenges for making the best possible local decisions for our community.
Starting August 11th, in close partnership with DHSS Division of Public Health, Valdez will be shifting to real-time reporting for all local case count data – new cases, recovered cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Please anticipate a lag between what is reported locally real-time and what is reflected on the DHSS Response Hub Data Dashboard. Our local data will reflect the most current information available.
Press releases reflecting future case count updates for new cases, recovered cases, hospitalizations, and deaths will be published in the evenings to reflect the most current information for each day. If there are no changes to case count numbers, a press release will not be issued.
The most current Valdez case count will always be available on the Valdez Unified Command website (www.valdezak.gov/covid-19) or Facebook page (@ValdezUCRG).