Public Health England Has Changed The Coronavirus Reporting System

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Public Health England has changed the way it records the locations of people who test positive for coronavirus. This has meant significant increases in the totals for West Lancashire.

From today, 16 November 2020, PHE has updated the way it records the location of people who test positive or negative for COVID-19.
It now prioritises addresses given at the point of testing over the details registered on a patient’s NHS Summary Care Record. PHE claims this better reflects the distribution of cases and testing.

The change has been retrospectively applied to tests carried out from 1 September 2020, and data in the PHE dashboard was updated to reflect this change on 16 November 2020.

The result is that the Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals show West Lancashire: with 4,252, infections, an increase of 223.
While this change is seen as a technicality it seems to have coincided with an overall downward trend, with infection rates in the county dropping over the last 10 days. Quite why the point of testing takes priority over registered NHS patient details is beyond our comprehension.

2 thoughts on “Public Health England Has Changed The Coronavirus Reporting System

  1. Adrian Owens

    This will reflect students testing positive at Edge Hill. It’s important to know where an infectious person is rather than where their registered GP is located.

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