For over a year I and others have pointed out the difficulties caused by not reporting deaths on the date they occurred. DD has now received confirmation that DOH did in fact see the light and change its reporting to date of death. Why now? Why with no notice? Afraid of making it obvious that you should have done this from the start? There are a bunch of other reporting changes that were needed in regard to hospitalizations, cases and tests, so maybe there is hope on those as well. I would like to say better late than never, but the DOH should have been doing this from the start. Here is an excerpt from the email confirming the change. Sounds like what we have been saying all along. DD will be looking at revising the cohort analysis with the Minnesota data; should be much of a change.
“On July 1, MDH changed the way we share COVID-19 death data, shifting from reporting by the date the death was reported by MDH to the actual date of death.
By reporting actual death date, the timelines on our website will provide a better representation of what is happening with mortality related to COVID-19 over time. This change also aligns with how we report other data, such as cases by specimen date.”
You don’t say.