The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking a number of metrics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of those is the number of deaths.
Here is a link to the full Texas DSHS dashboard:
Below you will see data directly from the state regarding deaths in our local counties that have been ruled as caused by COVID-19. The state’s records of fatalities dates back to March 7, 2020 and are updated each afternoon.
KPRC 2 Investigates observed a discrepancy between the state’s cumulative COVID-19 death count for our local region and what is being reported by local counties in the Greater Houston area.
Upon questioning, Texas DSHS sent KPRC 2 the following statement:
“The DSHS data is based on the cause of death and other information on death certificates, which are filed an average of about 10 days after a death. Some jurisdictions may be doing additional public health investigations and so may be reporting deaths at a different time or based on different criteria.”