Some states withdraw on daily COVID reporting
Some states withdraw on daily COVID reporting

Some states withdraw on daily COVID reporting

As COVID-19 cases fall across the United States, some states are downsizing their reporting strategies after dropping pandemic-related claims such as masking.

South Dakota ended daily COVID-19 reporting Friday and will switch to weekly updates. With a seven-day average of 35 daily cases, the state is experiencing some of the country’s lowest spread per capita. Associated Press reported.

Other states that have made the switch to weekly reports include Arizona, Hawaii, Kentucky, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina, as well as Washington, DC, according to New York Times.

Experts expect a continued slowdown in reporting cycles as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths begin to decline, the newspaper added.

“We have moved to a place where we do not need to know the absolute numbers,” Marcus Plescia, chief physician of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told the Times.

“We can still monitor trends for people being tested in public environments. We still have a good sense of where the absolute numbers are going,” he added.

Meanwhile, other experts fear that less reporting could cause problems in the event of a possible future increase in infections.

But Sunday, Chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci said he did not think the US would see another increase in infections with the latest variant, although he said an increase was likely.

“Hopefully we will not see an increase. I do not think we will. The easiest way to prevent that is to keep getting people vaccinated. And for those who have been vaccinated, to keep getting them. boosted, so that’s really where we stand right now, “Fauci said.

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