Hays County addresses the miscount of an extra 200 COVID-19 cases

by Sahar Chmais

Last week, Hays County Local Health Department (HCLHD) removed approximately 200 COVID-19 cases from their database due to error in reporting.

Some of the issues that caused faulty reporting include but are not limited to: a person getting a COVID-19 test at different facilities or people getting tested in Hays County who do not live in the county.

Hayden Matz, data analyst for HCLHD, said that they will begin doing more in-depth auditing. This entails the team to go through positive cases every Friday to ensure there have been no duplicates or other issues.

Matz said that these issues are not one person’s fault, but it is attributed to a variety of issues that can arise in the testing process.

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Sahar Chmais holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been covering cities in Hays County for one year, touching on residents' struggles and successes, city issues, COVID-19 and more. Prior to reporting on the local spectrum, Sahar reported for a national news organization, covering gun violence. Sahar enjoys working as a local reporter because she gets to work with real people and their stories.

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