“We want to make sure the public and local leaders have the best possible information in one place as they make decisions about COVID‑19,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. “This new method allows us to share case counts faster.”
DSHS previously received its case information from official case reports provided by local jurisdictions and validated each case before adding it to the online count. That process allowed DSHS to confirm case details but led to slower reporting.
The updated case counts are available in a new interactive map linked at www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus