DHS COVID-19 dashboard update aims to make data more precise

Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 6:54 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The state’s top health agency updated how its COVID-19 data is displayed Thursday, ironing out some trends that may fluctuate on a day-to-day basis.

The Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard summary page will now emphasize seven-day rolling averages of cases, as well as show vaccine information. New confirmed cases, new probable cases, percent positive by test and new COVID-19 deaths were also added in terms of seven-day averages.

DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk explained the updated statistics provides a better understanding of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

“As our state’s COVID-19 case and death counts decline, we want to make sure we’re monitoring today’s numbers precisely,” said Van Dijk. “Our new method for reporting new confirmed and probable cases and deaths allows data cleaning to continue, while providing a clear daily picture of COVID-19 throughout the state.”

Health officials explained their data cleaning methods include merging duplicate reports of the same COVID-19 case, reviewing “unknowns” and verifying data.

DHS will also only update its data now Monday through Friday.

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