For months, we have been collecting COVID-19 data, scrutinizing publicly available data definitions, and engaging in frequent conversations with jurisdictions to understand the data they share.
During this process, we have focused on three aspects of COVID-19 data reporting: 1) how the state defines and reports key metrics, such as testing data, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, 2) how the state presents information about COVID-19 in long-term-care facilities, and 3) how the state reports race and ethnicity data.
Our assessment below reflects both the thoroughness of South Carolina’s reporting and the completeness and clarity of their data descriptions. We hope this work will not only help our data users to better grasp the limitations of these numbers but also might help health officials to understand the differences in data reporting across jurisdictions.
We require data definitions to be accessible from a state’s data pages and presented in a location where it is clear they will be maintained. Examples include data definition documents, data FAQs, dashboard footnotes, or definitions appearing daily in press releases.
Last updated March 2, 2021
Few issues exist:
- does not regularly provide total tests in terms of unique people tested
- data for multiple key metrics is hard to discover or access
- does not provide latest tests and cases data in machine readable format
- does not provide historical tests and cases data in machine readable format
Race and Ethnicity
Serious issues exist:
- does not report race / ethnicity data for tests
- does not report cases for: American Indians or Alaska Natives
- does not report deaths for: American Indians or Alaska Natives
- reports Asian or Pacific Islander, a category that has not been used for federal data since 1997, making comparisons more difficult
- reports race data for 78% of cases and 87% of deaths, and ethnicity data for 64% of cases and 76% of deaths
Few issues exist:
- does not provide Facility Location data
- does not provide either staff or resident cases for the current outbreaks state-wide