Nightly update on coronavirus cases moving to noon hour

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Starting Monday, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) will begin providing its daily updates on COVID-19 statistics on the de.gov/coronavirus website during the noon hour.

Data will reflect the most current information available as of the close of business the previous day.

The Epidemiology team has spent the past week moving to a new infectious disease surveillance system.

DPH will not release updated case numbers on Sunday night.

The online numbers will be updated again during the noon hour on Monday, followed by a release outlining the latest statistics.

DPH is making the change in reporting time for several reasons that include questions about the incidence of the virus in communities of color.

The time change provides adequate time for staff to validate new case data and ensure accuracy and will ensure members of the news media have updated statistics earlier in the day to meet deadlines.

The report had seen some data issues late last week.

In addition, over the next week, enhanced capability through DPH’s new surveillance database, will allow the state to provide additional data on key demographic information, such as race/ethnicity for positive cases and deaths, as well as age-adjusted incidence rates by ZIP code.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

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