Explanation of the AGES Dashboard COVID19

(Last update: 28.09.2020)

Background information on the EMS:

The Epidemiological Reporting System („Epidemiologisches Meldesystem“, EMS) is the joint database of all Austrian District Administration Authorities, Regional Health Directorates, the Ministry of Health as well as the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) according to the Austrian Epidemics Act (Epidemiegesetz 1950) § 4.

The EMS was jointly designed by the district administrative offices, the regional sanitary directorates and the Ministry of Health with the participation of AGES and ELGA GmbH (Electronic Health Records Ltd).

The EMS is a database for the necessary clinical, epidemiological and laboratory data of notifiable diseases in Austria, collected by the district administrative offices.

Since 2014, there has been an electronic reporting obligation for the laboratory reporting of all notifiable diseases in Austria. This ensures that information is transmitted as quickly and promptly as possible to the authorities (see Laboratory Reporting Duty Order [Labormeldepflicht-VO]). Doctors can also report electronically via the EHIC-card network or, alternatively, via citizen card access/mobile phone signature.


Indicators Definition
Tests Cumulative number of tests carried out for SARS-CoV-2, from 27 February 2020 up to and including the reporting date.
Responsible for data consolidation: Office of the respective federal state government (Land), data status: morning of the reporting day.
Laboratory-confirmed cases Cumulative number of laboratory-confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection (sum of "Active cases", "Recovered cases" and "Deceased cases") with laboratory diagnosis date since 27.02.2020 up to and including the reporting date.
Active cases Cumulative number of laboratory-confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection with laboratory diagnosis date from 27.02.2020 up to and including the reporting date, which have not been classified as "recovered" or "deceased" on the reporting date.
Recovered cases Cumulative number of laboratory-confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection with laboratory diagnosis date from 27.02.2020 up to and including the report date, which are classified as "recovered" on the report date.
Definition of "recovered" (since 9 July): in the case of home care, 10-day home isolation after the onset of symptoms or laboratory diagnosis;
in case of severe disease progression, the earliest 10 days after onset of symptoms, at least 48 hours without symptoms AND the following result by RT-PCR according to the Charité protocol: no nucleic acid detection of beta-coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 or nucleic acid detection of beta-coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 at a Ct value of more than 30. Further details can be found in the recommendation for the release of COVID-19 cases, recommendation for the release of COVID-19 cases from isolation.
Deceased cases Cumulative number of laboratory-confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection with a laboratory diagnosis date from 27.02.2020 up to and including the report date, which are classified as "deceased" on the report date.
Definition of "deceased": COVID-19 death is defined - for surveillance purposes - as one laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 resulting in death, where the status "recovered" has NOT been present between the status "disease" and the status "death".
Chronological sequence Presentation of the laboratory-confirmed cases of a SARS-CoV-2 infection according to the day of laboratory diagnosis (in the absence of information on the laboratory diagnosis date, the day of the positive laboratory report is used) since 27.02.2020 up to and including the report day.
Cases by age group and sex Presentation of laboratory confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection by age group and sex
Cases by district (geographical) Presentation of laboratory-confirmed cases of a SARS-CoV-2 infection by district of the place of residence (verified according to the Austrian Central Register or, in the absence of an entry therein, by district of residence (e.g. for tourists). Data in number of cases, absolute and per 100,000 inhabitants.
7-day incidence Indication of laboratory-confirmed cases of a SARS-CoV-2 infection with laboratory diagnosis date within the past 7 days in relation to the day before the report day (report day minus 7 days up to 24h00 on the day before the report day); indication in case number, absolute and per 100,000 inhabitants
Available no. of beds in normal wards The number of beds in normal wards available for COVID-19 cases on the reporting day.
Responsible for data consolidation: Office of the respective federal state government (Land), data status: morning of the reporting day.
Available no. of beds in intensive care units The number of beds in intensive care units available for COVID-19 patients on the reporting day.
Responsible for data consolidation: Office of the respective federal state government (Land), data status: morning of the reporting day.
Active cases in the hospitals’ normal ward The number of beds in normal wards occupied by COVID-19 patients on the report day.
Responsible for data consolidation: Office of the respective federal state government (Land), data status: morning of the reporting day.
Active cases in intensive care units The number of beds in intensive care units occupied by COVID-19 patients on the day of the report.
Responsible for data consolidation: Office of the respective federal state government (Land), data status: morning of the reporting day.
Active cases in home care The number of COVID-19 patients in home care.
Responsible for data consolidation: Office of the respective federal state government (Land), data status: morning of the reporting day.

 

Please note that due to data validation, differences between the information on the AGES Dashboard and the Official Dashboard may occur in the next few days. Please refer to the definition of the indicators, which can be found at “Explanation of the AGES Dashboard COVID19”