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San Antonio lags behind other parts of Texas in what it reports to public on COVID-19

It’s certainly not an intentional attempt by city officials to keep the public in the dark — some hiccups are expected during an emergency as serious and fluid as the new coronavirus pandemic. But other local government officials in Texas and private and public organizations have apparently provided more detailed information in a timely manner directly to the public.

On Thursday, San Antonio Metropolitan Health Director Dr. Dawn Emerick told members of the media assembled outside of city council that her agency had now received the type of location-based data on COVID-19 that would help it determine where testing needed to be done or even ramped up.


Emerick described two dashboards for assembling this information: an internal one available by secure access only that contained “a lot of detailed health information San Antonio News  that we need to make sure that we keep private” and an external dashboard that presumably would present the data in a manner that could be shared with the public.


While a presentation Emerick gave to City Council Thursday included a still image of a dashboard that mapped the cases in Bexar County, the city has not made the interactive map available to the public. Officials did not distribute the image through a website that the city has directed media and residents to for the most up-to-date information, as other local officials in Texas have done in their respective communities.It’s certainly not an intentional attempt by city officials to keep the public in the dark — some hiccups are expected during an emergency as serious and fluid as the new coronavirus pandemic. But other local government officials in Texas and private and public organizations have apparently provided more detailed information in a timely manner directly to the public.

On Thursday, San Antonio Metropolitan Health Director Dr Dawn Emerick told members of the media assembled outside of city council that her agency had now received the type of location-based data on COVID-19 that would help it determine where testing needed to be done or even ramped up.


Emerick described two dashboards for assembling this information: an Press Release Distribution Services In San Antonio internal one available by secure access only that contained “a lot of detailed health information that we need to make sure that we keep private” and an external dashboard that presumably would present the data in a manner that could be shared with the public.

While a presentation Emerick gave to City Council Thursday included a still image of a dashboard that mapped the cases in Bexar County, the city has not made the interactive map available to the public. Officials did not distribute the image through a website that the city has directed media and residents to for the most up-to-date information, as other local officials in Texas have done in their respective communities.

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