Last summer, Florida was one of the first states to decommission its daily COVID-19 dashboard and replace it with far-less-detailed weekly reports. Many other states have followed Florida’s lead in the last few months, making their reporting less frequent and cutting down on some metrics like cases and testing.
But that’s not enough for Florida! The state recently switched from weekly COVID-19 reports to reports every other week—making it even more difficult for reporters, researchers, and others in the state to follow their local COVID-19 trends. Florida additionally stopped reporting cases in non-state residents, which is pretty notable for one of the country’s biggest tourism hotspots.
Of course, Florida is still reporting some COVID-19 data daily to the federal government, as all states are required to do. But this doesn’t bode well for the future of state data reporting.