Commissioners sign ‘No Confidence’ declaration against DSHS, Region 7 in COVID reporting, lift burn ban

Coryell County Commissioners approved a Declaration of No Confidence in the Texas Department of State Health Services and Region 7 regarding the agencies reporting of COVID-19 cases in the county.

The largely symbolic gesture, approved in a 4-1 vote, declares the county’s skepticism over the accuracy and validity of case number data published by DSHS. Precinct 1 Commissioner Kyle Matthews was the lone dissent.

The declaration follows months of inconsistent and unverifiable case data provided to the county by Region 7 and disseminated by DSHS; culminating in the past several weeks that the county has been unable to reconcile the discrepancies in case reporting.

“Over the past six weeks, it hasn’t been good,” County Judge Roger Miller said. “The reporting has not been good throughout this.”

Miller admitted that the agencies are technical experts in epidemiology, but are lacking on the operations side of the pandemic, especially with reporting.


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