Texas city removes COVID-19 dashboard from website after backlogged data dump

When making policy choices, the city uses local health center information rather of the state data released on the control panel.
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The city of Frisco, Texas, got rid of the COVID-19 data-tracking dashboard from its site after public officials questioned its information reliability, according to regional newspaper Neighborhood Effect.

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Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said the cumulative dashboard is “doing more harm than good” for the city, and the Frisco City Council advised staff to get rid of the control panel on Sept. 1, according to the paper. Frisco also halted cumulative weekly COVID-19 reports that it sent over email, according to the report. The city saw an artificial boost in its number of coronavirus cases after a stockpile of coronavirus test arises from numerous industrial laboratories were added all at when, the paper reported.
The state included the backlogged cases to its electronic reporting system and alerted counties of out-of-date favorable COVID-19 test results, the report stated. The Texas health department is working with the laboratories to ensure timely reporting to the state and clients, however in the meantime, Mr. Cheney told the newspaper he backs the citys decision to eliminate the dashboard.
” Were putting out info that we know is bad, and that is really developing public understandings of the circumstance that arent in fact accurate,” he stated