Montana DPHHS to End Daily COVID-19 Reporting
Every day for the past two years, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has faithfully released daily COVID-19 infection numbers, but that practice will end on Friday.
KGVO News spoke on Wednesday with Magdalena Scott, supervisor of DPHHS’ Communicable Disease Epidemiology Section, who announced the new reporting policy.
“This Friday, May 6 will be our last daily update to our COVID dashboard,” Scott began. “We’ve been maintaining this dashboard for two years now since the pandemic started and we’ve had it up and running for over a year and a half, and we’ve updated this dashboard, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Then we went back to Monday-Friday reporting. So now we’re going one step back to weekly reporting, so the dashboard will update every Friday at the end of the week. ‘coming.
Scott said the reduction in the number of COVIDs led to the transition from a daily report to once a week.
“During the pandemic, we’ve seen fewer cases recently,” she said. “It’s given us, as an epidemiologist, some time to look at the data that we’re presenting and see if we still need to present this, and how often we need to present it. The pandemic has changed so much over the past two years, and something that we thought metrics were important a year and a half ago, but maybe they’re not as important this year, just as we’ve learned more, and things have changed. “
Scott said DPHHS has been working with the Montana State Library daily during the pandemic.
“We worked in our ‘cob’ section with the folks at the Montana State Library who run the map, and we tweaked some things there,” she said. “We just felt it was the right time to make some changes. We can broadcast messages about this, so everyone knows what to expect and knows when they can view the data and how to interpret the data in the future.
Scott said DPHHS will continue to monitor the virus daily to stay on top of the pandemic.
“DPHS will continue to monitor COVID cases daily as we have since the start of the pandemic,” she said. “So just because we’re not updating the dashboard every day doesn’t mean we’re going to change what we’re doing here at the county level and at the state level. We are still monitoring reports of new cases every day. We’re investigating outbreaks, we’re doing contact tracing, and all of that work will continue. »
Health officials are asking the public to follow COVID-19 precautions recommended by the CDC given the levels of COVID-19 transmission and hospitalization in their community, including being up to date on vaccinations and COVID-19 reminders.