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CHA Updates COVID-19 Data Reporting Guidance

For COVID-19 tracker designees

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and the addition of vaccination fields to the COVID-19 tracker, hospitals have asked for additional clarifications on reporting COVID-19 data. To provide this clarification, CHA worked with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to update its data reporting guidance and other supporting documents.  

The following updates have been made to these documents: 

  • Data reporting guidance. Clarification for the ED and Overflow (EDOF) fields was added.  

    • Double-counting is permitted for COVID-19 confirmed and suspected EDOF patients with admission orders to ensure CDPH can appropriately capture the operational impact that these patients have in both the ED and inpatient (ICU or non-ICU) departments. 

  • Data reporting guidance. This includes additional information on how to classify health care personnel and patients receiving vaccines. 

  • Data dictionary. Changes were made to the vaccine fields, where the language was clarified and bolded to highlight if the field was intended to collect data on health care personnel or patients. 

    • For hospitals that haven’t yet reported into the Previous Week’s First COVID Vaccine Doses field, but plan to begin this week, please note that they should include all doses given up to the first date of data entry. 

In addition to the document updates, CHA has also posted:  

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