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Understanding the State Data Quality Report Card

The purpose of the COVKID Project Data Quality Report Card is to draw attention to current reporting gaps and spur improvements in the utility of surveillance data reported by state health departments.


The COVKID Project recommends that all states adapt a minimum data table that is updated and reported on their websites on a daily basis. The recommended table is in a 4 x 4 x 4 format:

  •      4 essential measures (number tested, number positive, number ever hospitalized, number deceased)

  •      4 standard age groups (0-4 years, 5-9 years, 10-14 years, 15-19 years)

  •      4 major racial/ethnic groups (all combined, Black non-Hispanic, Hispanic, and White non-Hispanic)

  •      View the recommended data table, with additional methodological details, in PDF format here.

States and the District of Columbia were assigned a score by comparing the completeness and granularity of their publicly available data with our predefined "A+" reporting standard. The maximum possible score is 24.

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