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Some counties have decreasing cases over time #80

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charlie86 opened this issue Mar 29, 2020 · 8 comments
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Some counties have decreasing cases over time #80

charlie86 opened this issue Mar 29, 2020 · 8 comments

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@charlie86
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@charlie86 charlie86 commented Mar 29, 2020

Hi, thank you so much for releasing this dataset. I noticed a few cases where a county has fewer cases than on previous days: here is an example with Kittitas, WA. Is this an issue from the county reporting or an intentional correction?

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source: https://rcharlie.shinyapps.io/covid-19-data
code: https://github.com/charlie86/covid-dashboard

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@albertsun albertsun commented Mar 30, 2020

@charlie86 cases where the number of cases drop from one day to the next are when the county or state has reassigned cases from one county to another. Or when they've discovered the cases were previously incorrectly reported.

If we aren't able to find more detailed information to correct the previous count, we'll simply report the counties totals dropping like that.

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@charlie86 charlie86 commented Mar 31, 2020

@albertsun Got it, thank you!

@Adam-Hoelscher
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@Adam-Hoelscher Adam-Hoelscher commented Apr 3, 2020

@albertsun Are you actively following up with officials in those places? Would your team find it valuable to have a list of county/date combinations where this occurs (for that reason or others)?

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@albertsun albertsun commented Apr 3, 2020

@Adam-Hoelscher thanks for your kind offer. We're already reviewing the list of places it's happening following up with health officials and other data providers when warranted.

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@ke4roh ke4roh commented Apr 4, 2020

https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/press/default.aspx?prID=11364

Kittitas County, WA - 03/25/2020 - Kittitas County has six cases of COVID-19 as of March 25th, 2020. The information on the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) website had an error listed in the case count, which has since been updated. Kittitas County does not have 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time. The Washington State Department of Health immediately corrected their error as soon as we notified them.

This was not an error with local data. The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is notified of every positive case in our county. We provide that information, immediately, to the Washington State Department of Health. “This was a unique and unfortunate error,” states Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson. “DOH was responsive and their site is still where we want people to go to for accurate information.”

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@ke4roh ke4roh commented Apr 6, 2020

Fixed.

@NickSto
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@NickSto NickSto commented Apr 10, 2020

Not sure if you mean it's been fixed in this dataset, but just FYI this issue is still present in at least one other instance:

date state fips cases deaths
2020-04-06 District of Columbia 11 1097 24
2020-04-07 District of Columbia 11 1211 22

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@ke4roh ke4roh commented May 6, 2020

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