Texas Just Hit 10,000 COVID Dead, and It’s ‘Flying Blind’

Last week, Texas hit the grim milestone of 10,000 COVID-19 deaths.

That is, it did when you went through local news stores and the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported a similar figure until Monday at 5 p.m.

That small, seemingly modest inconsistency could easily have been remedied – especially in the context of deviant COVID-19 stats across the country – if it were not for the fact that the state has passed weeks of despair, distrust in Texas resistance. State officials have blamed coding errors, system upgrades, backlogs, changes in methodology and closure of test centers for a recent rise of red flags in its coronavirus statistics.

Despite the cause, the flurry of questions about numbers ranging from infection rates to total deaths have made it difficult to clear up Image of what happens in the virus-destroyed state, public health experts told The Daily Beast. That would be in its own right, but it’s especially scary because the state uses that data to make decisions about school openings and other facilities as summer turns.

“There’s just a fog around Texas right now about what’s actually happening,” said David Rubin, director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, whose models of COVID-19 have played a role in White House policy-making. “Things are a bit messy.”