Texas COVID-19 Additional Data Notes
At the time of initial publication by DSHS, all coronavirus data are provisional and subject to change. To document changes and explain data anomalies, DSHS publishes additional data notes accompanying data updates, when necessary. A listing of all available notes is available on the main Data Notes page.
- Finalized 2021 case counts were updated on the dashboard and in the Excel files. See Case Notes for 2023 for more information on data finalization.
- Case counts for Delta County, Deaf Smith County, and DeWitt County are incorrect on the dashboard and will be corrected during the update on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. Case counts in the Excel files are correct.
- This week’s update includes a backlog of COVID-19 fatalities for 2023. Due to a technical issue, the previous two updates did not include any fatalities that occurred in 2023.
- DSHS has reported final 2021 COVID-19 case data to the CDC as of 12/22/22. The 2021 totals following de-duplication and other data corrections are 2,244,878 confirmed and 649,458 probable cases. Data will be updated on 03/15/2023.
- DSHS has updated statewide and county case counts to include final 2020 data submitted to the CDC. That led to an increase of 52,465 confirmed cases and a decrease of 26,229 probable cases.
- DSHS has reported final 2020 COVID-19 case data to the CDC. The 2020 totals following de-duplication and other data corrections are 1,620,499 confirmed and 182,983 probable cases. DSHS will update statewide and county case counts to reflect those numbers and make additional dashboard improvements in mid-January.
- In observance of New Year's, the COVID-19 dashboards and data files will not be updated Dec. 31 – Jan. 2. Regular updates will resume Monday, Jan. 3.
- In observance of Christmas, the COVID-19 dashboards and data files will not be updated Dec. 24 – 27. Regular updates will resume Monday, Dec. 28.
- On 12/20/2021, 739 positive laboratory reports of COVID-19 test results which were initially conducted in 2020 were newly reported to DSHS. These newly reported test results included residents of several counties. Since 2020 data had already been finalized on 12/13/21 these cases reported after data finalization were removed from the daily counts. In the future, delayed lab uploads with specimen collection dates from years whose data has been finalized will not be imported, preventing them from impacting new case counts.
- In observance of Thanksgiving, the COVID-19 dashboards and data files will not be updated Nov. 25 – 28. Regular updates will resume Monday, Nov. 29.
- There were 219 older COVID-related fatalities included in the day's newly reported fatalities count. These fatalities occurred between 9/29/20 and 10/31/21 and were identified during a review of unclassified death certificates.
- During a review process of the fatalities data, the counties of 11 fatalities (where county was previously unknown due to errors in zip codes included in the death certificates) were identified. Nine historical fatalities for Bexar County, 1 additional historical fatality for El Paso County, and 1 additional historical fatality for Hidalgo County were identified. Additionally, Hardin County has 1 fewer fatality, which has been moved to Unknown due to an incorrect zip code.
- There has been some volatility in the number of recovered and active cases due to changes in the source of data for Region 1.
- Today’s low count of lab tests is due to an issue with the electronic lab record importer. The issue has been resolved, and reporting is expected to return to normal tomorrow.
- There were 2 changes for the reporting of active and recovered cases:
- Region 1 no longer uses DSHS estimates but has begun to report observed recovered and active case numbers.
- Region 4/5N now reports both its observed recovered and active cases. It had previously reported just recovered case numbers.
- A technical issue caused fewer lab results to be reported today. The issue has been resolved, and reports are expected to catch up tomorrow.
- A technical issue caused fewer lab results to be reported today. The issue has been resolved, and reports are expected to catchup tomorrow.
- Reporting of hospitalizations data was significantly lower than usual for Saturday, January 9, 2021.
- DSHS shifted the date of all reported hospital data back one day to reflect the day that the data was reported to DSHS. Previously, the data was displayed with the date it appeared on the DSHS dashboard.
- DSHS is reporting incomplete hospitalization numbers 7/23-7/28 due to a transition in reporting to comply with new federal requirements.