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States are scaling back on reporting Covid-19 data, but some experts say it's too soon

June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Only about half of US states still provide daily updates on key Covid-19 metrics -- such as new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations -- a trend that worries some public health experts.

(CNN)Only about half of US states still provide daily updates on key Covid-19 metrics -- such as new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations -- a trend that worries some public health experts.

Alabama's decision to publish updates less frequently comes alongside steady decreases in daily cases, deaths and hospitalizations, Dr. Karen Landers, a health officer with the state health department, told CNN.

The state reported an average of 321 cases per day over the past week and 12 deaths per day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Blauer said she and her team pay close attention to public releases and other updates from states regarding their Covid-19 data to manage the quality and consistency of their data feeds.

Daily data reporting provides critical "backup" information to help people and public officials alike make decisions about the safety of engaging in various social activities, Blauer said.

While Alabama has scaled back its public reporting of Covid-19 data -- the main surveillance dashboard will update each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and updates to the vaccination dashboard will be published on Tuesdays and Thursdays -- the state plans to continue internal data reviews on a daily basis.

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