French.china.org.cn | Updated on 12-06-2021
Only about half of U.S. states are still providing daily updates on key parameters of the COVID-19 outbreak such as new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations, a trend that worries some public health experts , CNN reported Friday.
Two of the biggest drops came into effect this week, with Florida moving to one update per week and Alabama to two to three updates per week, depending on the type of data.
According to Karen Landers, a health official with the Alabama Department of Health, the state’s decision to release updates less frequently has been accompanied by a steady decline in the number of daily cases, deaths and hospitalizations.
“The changes are smaller and less dramatic, for lack of a better word,” she said. “It is time to refocus our efforts”.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the average daily number of COVID-19 cases in Alabama has fallen by about 93% since the January peak. The state has reported an average of 321 cases and 12 deaths per day over the past week.
Data from Johns Hopkins University also showed that the average number of daily reported cases across the United States has fallen by more than 90% since the January peak, to nearly 15,000 cases per day, and returned to levels last seen in March 2020. But around 300 people still die every day in the country.
Some experts believe that giving up daily intercourse is premature.
“As far as I know, we are still in a public health emergency as a country,” noted Lori Tremmel Freeman, executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. “This level has not yet been lowered.”
Beth Blauer, executive director of the Centers for Civic Impact at Johns Hopkins University, for her part said she expects such an adjustment, but that it is happening sooner and in a stronger way than she hadn’t foreseen it.
Ms. Blauer stressed that she and her team pay close attention to public publications and other updates from states regarding their data relating to the COVID-19 outbreak to manage the quality and consistency of their data feeds. They noticed subtle changes in the fall as states started cutting back on weekend reports, but she said she was surprised at how strong the trend was.
“You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t feel pandemic fatigue,” she said. “But I think it’s a bit premature.”
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