Montgomery Co. switches to NEDSS reporting system for COVID

CONROE, TX – The Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has officially switched to the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System used by the state of Texas to report and track COVID-19 counts in the Montgomery County.

After more than a year and a half of reporting through their own systems, Montgomery County has officially switched to the statewide NEDSS tool to track cases of COVID-19. The move comes amid a lull in COVID cases in Montgomery County as the positivity rate has fallen to 6%.

Currently, there are 877 active cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County, a low not seen since the early months of the pandemic. This is a dramatic drop from late summer and early fall which set new records for infections, transmissions and daily hospitalizations from the virus.

One marker that increased exponentially due to the switch in the data was the number of deaths in Montgomery County. After switching to the NEDSS system, the number of recorded deaths in Montgomery County increased to 1120. However, in an updated press release sent by MCOHSEM, an issue was raised with the tally due to the fact that the Montgomery County Public Health Department has not independently verified these deaths.

According to DSHS, deaths are calculated from filed death certificates that only list COVID-19 as the cause of death. DSHS does not count death certificates that have a different cause of death, whether or not the patient has COVID-19.

Currently, the Montgomery County Public Health District reports new data every Tuesday.