PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The Arizona Department of Health Services has been working to fix errors in it’s COVID-19 data. While some information has been updated, the department has spent days to address other problems.
In a blog entry this week, the ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ said “a large healthcare provider” was reporting dates for patients being admitted to the hospital “when these individuals were not actually hospitalized.” The blog goes on to say the dates reported actually reflected dates the “the individual was seen by a healthcare provider.”
“A lot of people are relying on this information for planning purposes and to make decisions,” says former ADHS director, Will Humble. “I think we’re lucky that the problems have happened when we are in a little bit of a lull.”
Humble says hospitalization stats were crucial over the summer when the hospital resources and staff were pushed to the