The Texas Tribune’s COVID-19 tracker will no longer be updated – The Texas Tribune

After nearly two and a half years, we’re no longer tracking daily coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations in Texas.

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We know the pandemic is not over, but the time has come for The Texas Tribune to shift how it’s covering the spread of COVID-19 in Texas.
This means starting today, our COVID-19 tracker will no longer be updated. Over nearly two and a half years, this product tracked surges in cases, hospitalizations and deaths as different variants emerged. And when vaccines became available, it was used to track inoculation rates across Texas as well.
We want to thank you, our readers, for your continued support of this product. We are grateful the tracker was a helpful resource as you made crucial decisions on how to lead your everyday lives. Since it was launched in April 2020, we received countless emails and messages from people who appreciated having this information easily available and continuously updated.
A few recent trends helped us determine that it was time to stop updating the tracker.
A lot has changed since the COVID-19 tracker was first launched in April 2020, and tracking the virus in the same way doesn’t make as much sense now. For instance:
In addition, our data source, the Texas Department of State Health Services, has stopped updating its data on the weekends.
We are not stopping the tracker updates because we think the pandemic is over. We know COVID-19 is still spreading in Texas, and health reporter Karen Brooks Harper will continue to keep a close eye on the trends with help from our data reporters.
Her regular coverage, as well as other reporters’ work, is available on our coronavirus series page. This will continue to be updated with the latest pandemic-related stories from our staff.
Readers still have several resources available to track COVID-19 in their communities and statewide. A few examples:

If you don’t see your community represented in this list, check local government websites because they might have their own COVID-19 data that they update regularly as well.
No, this was solely a decision made by our editors.
The Tribune’s coronavirus tracker had a major impact internally and externally. In all, the page received 4.3 million pageviews since it launched in April 2020 and was the most popular article on the Tribune’s site during the first year of the pandemic. We noticed traffic to the page was at its highest when the spread of the virus was at its worst.
It also helped direct our news coverage throughout the pandemic. Our data visuals team closely tracked the numbers every day, leading to countless collaborations with health reporters who were reporting on the impacts of the virus. This included somber stories on the people who died and, more recently, investigations into disparities in vaccine rates across the state.
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