Reduced counts in U.S. cases and deaths are the result of states and territories not reporting the information for some or all of the weekend. Those states and territories are: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Typically, these states" Monday updates include the weekend totals.
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On January 14, 2022, the US state of Texas published a cleaned dataset aligning their published case data with their final COVID-19 data of 2020 that they provided to CDC. The JHU CRC has recreated the Texas county-level time series files to match those published by the Texas Department of Health Service. Doing so allows us to remove the artificial state level spike and the volatility in the county-level data. We have received confirmation from the state their confirmed time series and probable time series are organized by date of report so they are suitable for our repository.
Within the 2020 file of the Texas state time series files, there were included 47,583 confirmed cases and 5,707 probable cases with an "unknown date" entry. As recommended by the state, we have assigned these cases to December 31, 2020.
Link to the Texas Health & Human Services press release: https://dshs.texas.gov/news/releases/2022/20220114.aspx