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Jackson County Public Health reduces COVID-19 case reporting hours

Continued drop in cases prompts decision

Jackson County Public Health will stop reporting new COVID-19 cases on Sundays due to “the sustained decrease in cases” over the past three weeks, according to a news release.

In addition, the agency’s COVID-19 data dashboard, available to view online at https://bit.ly/3pwwzHp, will be updated only on weekdays, the release said.

This means that no new cases will be reported on Mondays, with cases for Sunday and Monday both being processed on Tuesdays.

“These changes are occurring to better integrate the response into regular business hours for Jackson County Public Health and are made possible by the sustained decrease in cases seen over the last three weeks,” the release said. “The change will not have a negative effect on the total new COVID-19 cases for the week.”

Weekly cases in the county have continued to decrease every week but one since April 18, according to county data.

The county reported 324 new cases the week of April 18, followed by 273 the week of April 25, and 211 the week of May 2.

Cases saw a slight rise the week of May 9, with 224, but fell again the weeks of May 16 and 23, with 150 cases and 133 cases, respectively. For the two-week period of May 23 to June 5, the agency reported 233 cases, or a case rate of 104.4 per 100,000 residents.