DOH to simplify COVID-19 reporting system, drops ‘fresh,’ ‘late’ tags

MANILA – Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Saturday the Department of Health (DOH) would be using a simplified format of reporting COVID-19 cases to avoid confusion regarding statistics related to coronavirus patients.

Vergerie said in the Laging Handa public forum that the DOH would use the term “additional cases” instead of breaking them down into “fresh” and “late” test results.

She said the new format will be used starting next week.

“Mayroon ho kaming binuo, bagong means of reporting kung saan hindi na ho natin ipapakita ang late at fresh cases. Ang ipapakita na lang ho natin (ay) ’yung additional na mga kaso na pumapasok,” said Vergeire. 

(We are building a system, a new means of reporting where we won’t show late and fresh cases. What we will show are the additional cases coming in.)

“Para rin ho makita na rin ho ng ating mga kababayan kung ano talaga ’yung mga pumapasok na bago…sa bawat araw.”

(So that people will see cases coming in every day.)

The DOH had shifted to using a reporting system that distinguished between fresh and late cases on May 29, just before quarantine restrictions were eased in epicenter Metro Manila and other areas. 

It used the term fresh cases to indicate results that came out within 3 days after testing a patient, while late cases referred to confirmed results that came 4 days or earlier. 

Since then, the country has seen record-setting daily reports, including on Friday, when the country breached the 40,000-mark in confirmed cases and a single-day record of 1,531.

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