The Emergency Ops Center app is designed to provide innovative communication and situational awareness to citizens, media, businesses and first responders across Johnson County, Texas.
Our app was designed to include the most pertinent information about the status of public safety and emergency situations. Its unique features include:
- Incident Mapping that will show what’s going on across Johnson County at any given time, from road closures to structure fires and more
- Register function allows you to register your storm shelter location with Johnson County as well as to volunteer in a local disaster
- Locate button helps you find local fire departments, law enforcement agencies or government office’s with just a touch
- Additional functions let you send emergency management pictures of what you see, check the weather, link to our social media, or check an event calendar to see what events are planned across the county.
By selecting to allow push notes, you will have the ability to receive pop-up notes about tornado warnings, flooding or other emergency events specific to Johnson County, Texas.
First, thank you all for having some level of understanding that we are doing the best we can to provide information about a health emergency while not being public health experts.
We have run into an issue that will at least for some amount of time change the way we report data to you starting tomorrow.
I’ll try to lay it out.
1) DSHS, when they get a positive result, provides our health authority the name, age, and address of that person. They DO NOT provide information about the state of that person, i.e. are they in the hospital, mildly sick, etc.
2) We take that address and our Health Authority issues a quarantine order. We also flag the address in the dispatch system in case we get a public safety call to that house.
3) DSHS notifies us that the address has been released. We have assumed that meant that they have recovered, and in most cases I think that is true. This is important, they do not notify us an “individual” was released, rather they release the address.
Fast forward to today. We have been releasing “active cases” meaning they are cases we have been notified of and have not yet received a “release” from DSHS, PLUS, we have included “Recovered” meaning that DSHS released the house.
We have at least one case and there could be more, where the house was quarantined, time went by and the house was released, but the person that prompted the house to be quarantined is in the hospital. So despite the “house” being released, the person has not yet recovered. So if we drop that number/town off the list because the house is released it wouldn’t accurately represent the situation.
AND considering the ONLY reason we know that person isn’t recovered is because a family member has posted information on here, we can no longer assume that just because we are given “release this house” we can not assume they are recovered. If that family member had not told us, we would have gone straight on assuming that person was recovered because their house was released. And we would assume it’s no longer an active case.
So going forward, the best we can do is provide a cumulative total of the positive number in each city or unincorporated portion of the county.
With the limited data provided to us by DSHS we cannot accurately capture who is currently an active positive case, who isn’t, or who has truly recovered.
I’m spent many many hours today trying to find a way to get additional data from the state or even touch base with the address to get direct information but I don’t have the man power to do that. I’m assuming this is the reason the DSHS only provides cumulative data.
So we tried to be more narrow in the scope of information we provided, but since we can’t assume a released house means a recovered house anymore then this is the best we can do.
The new format of cumulative data vs. active data will start tomorrow morning.