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    Mail code: 1898
    Austin, TX 78741-9347

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COVID-19 Data Sources

The below are intended to assist users in understanding the coronavirus data posted by DSHS.

At the time of initial publication by DSHS, all coronavirus data are provisional and subject to change.

Data Sources and Other Information

  • Case and fatality information is updated daily at 4pm.
  • Case data are compiled from information reported publicly by local health departments and through the DSHS public health regions. Counts are current as of the morning of the day DSHS posts them.
  • Because some jurisdictions report cases later in the day, local numbers may be more up to date. County case numbers may occasionally go down if the case investigation determines the person is a resident of another county or state.
  • As of July 27, 2020, DSHS is reporting COVID-19 fatality data based on death certificates. A fatality is counted as a COVID-19 fatality when the medical certifier attests on the death certificate that COVID-19 is a cause of death. This change means fatalities may be counted sooner and demographic data will be more comprehensive. Also, fatalities can now be displayed by date of death, presenting a more complete view of deaths over time. Fatalities are reported by county of residence.
  • DSHS graphs reflect the date of death, and the totals for previous days will change as death certificates are filed or amended. By law, death certificates must be filed within 10 days of death and may be amended later. DSHS will continue to provide the number of newly reported fatalities each day.
  • Testing numbers show the number of test results for Texas residents reported to DSHS by public health and private labs. They do not include pending tests. Additional testing may be occurring by labs not yet reporting all results to DSHS. 
  • Demographic data for cases comes from completed case investigations. The majority of cases in Texas are still under investigation.
  • Hospitalization and hospital capacity numbers are reported daily by hospitals through eight Hospital Preparedness Program providers that coordinate health care system preparedness and response activities in Texas.
  • County, TSA, and state population counts are based on the 2020 Census population.

* This number is an estimate based on several assumptions related to hospitalization rates and recovery times, which were informed by data available to date. These assumptions are subject to change as we learn more about COVID-19. The estimated number does not include data from any cases reported prior to 3/24/2020.

Last updated September 24, 2021