Raw COVID-19 cases are rising, but what does that mean?

Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 6:58 PM CST
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - With the omicron variant COVID-19 cases have been rising, including the Brazos County Health District’s raw case count.

There has been some confusion as to how these cases differ from active cases. Mary Parrish, the Brazos County Health District’s workforce development coordinator and public information officer clarified that raw cases are positive COVID-19 cases that have not yet been investigated.

“Essentially, we know that this case exists but we don’t have it reported in our patient trackers, any of the demographics, like age, gender, where they live, things like that,” Parrish said.

Raw case numbers, according to Parrish, give a big picture of how many cases are actually in the community.

As for how long it takes for a raw case to become a confirmed case, Parrish says it depends on the volume of cases being reported.

“We are literally receiving hundreds of cases every day,” said Parrish.

The health district then goes through the cases and makes sure there are not any duplicates, before filling out a case report form and adding them into the tracker.

The active cases also might be missing people who have taken at-home tests. Parrish says when people take an at-home test and they get their results that’s typically where it ends.

“We do not get that data back from them,” said Parrish.

The Brazos County Health District recommends getting tested in-person with a healthcare provider if you test positive at home and show no symptoms.

The health district does not offer testing but they do offer vaccines. They have an event happening next week called Shot in the Dark. This event is an after-hours clinic on Jan. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., offering vaccines and booster shots. Everyone is welcome and you do not need an appointment or insurance.

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