City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dashboard includes cases, deaths, and symptom onset charts
Austin, Texas – Austin Public Health (APH) released a new dashboard that illustrates the impact of COVID-19 on long-term care facilities, which includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and intermediate care facilities with one or more cases.
All APH COVID-19 tracking dashboards can be found at austintexas.gov/page/covid-19-dashboards.
The Long-Term Care Facility Dashboard includes the total number of cases and deaths associated with long-term care facilities, graphs showing cases for staff and residents by symptom onset date, demographic breakdowns of staff and resident cases, and the list of facility names with associated cases. By clicking the name of a specific facility listed on the dashboard, cumulative case and death data will then display for that facility.
This dashboard will be updated once per week on Fridays by 6 p.m.
As of Sept. 14, there were 167 deaths and 1,558 cases associated with long-term care facilities, with 21 new cases in the last 14 days and 86 cases within the last 28 days. The City of Austin has provided 8,283 total COVID-19 tests to long-term care facilities, 308 strike team deployment days, and 215 orders of personal protective equipment.
All cases reported by APH have been verified to have laboratory results and/or case report details that meet the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) COVID-19 case definition. Long-term care facility data reported by other state and federal agencies may not be verified to the same extent, causing discrepancies in case numbers between agencies.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Austin has been balancing the privacy and safety of individuals with the desire to provide as much information to the community as possible in order to slow the spread of the virus.
After consultation with the City’s legal team, the decision to release the names of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities with cases through public presentation for statistical purposes follows the recent state-established precedence for the release of information. We hope that everyone will continue to respect the privacy of those who call these facilities home.
For the latest information and updates, visit AustinTexas.gov/COVID19.