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Official COVID-19 Dashboard – Explanatory Notes

Public information, updated hourly

Dashboard

The dashboard provides the public with current figures on the development of COVID-19 in Austria.

Background information on the EMS

Under section 4 Epidemiegesetz 1950 [Austrian Epidemics Act 1950], the EMS (Epidemiological Reporting System) is the common database of all the Austrian district administrative authorities and provincial health directorates, the health ministry, as well as the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES).

This system was co-designed by the district administrative authorities, the provincial health directorates, the health ministry, AGES and ELGA GmbH.

The main purpose of the system is to enable the district administrative authorities to fulfil their duty to conduct surveys of the occurrence of notifiable diseases.

Since 2014 there has been an obligation to report laboratory results electronically in order to ensure that the information reaches the authorities concerned in as near to real time as possible (see Labormeldepflicht-VO [Laboratory Reporting Duty Order]). Doctors can also register electronically through the e-card network or, alternatively, by citizen card access and mobile phone signature.

The health ministry acts as the interface between the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

This official COVID-19 dashboard provides an overview of the COVID-19 situation in Austria, based on an automated summary of the EMS data as well as data from district administrative authorities.

Description of the data fields

Data field Description
Epidemiological curve The epidemiological curve shows the daily increase in persons tested positive. It is a way to illustrate the spread of the epidemic over time.
The assignment of cases to a given day corresponds to the date on which the case was created in the EMS by a laboratory report. As soon as additional information is collected by AGES or the district administrative authorities the case (if one of the data fields below was determined) is assigned to a date in the following order: Illness onset  > Diagnosis date > Notification date
Illness onset Time of occurrence of the first symptoms or discomfort
Diagnosis date Date of laboratory test results
Notification date Date of entry of the laboratory test result in the EMS
Active cases Total number of individuals ever tested positive minus those who have recovered or died.
These data are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning).
Cumulative confirmed cases Total number of persons ever reported positive in the EMS (sum of all persons who tested positive in Austria. Here, the place of residence counts - thus, for example, holidaymakers are also included). This sum includes persons who have recovered or died, including those whose cause of death is not attributable to SARS-CoV-2 infection (e.g. accident).
Cases per province  (active cases) Total number of currently ill persons per federal state.
These data are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning).
Cumulative confirmed cases - by age group Distribution of all persons ever tested positive and reported in the EMS by age group
Cumulative confirmed cases - by sex Distribution of all persons ever tested positive and reported in the EMS by sex
Cases per district (geographical distribution) The map of Austria graphically shows the distribution of persons who have ever tested positive and been registered in the EMS per district.
The selection "per 100,000 inhabitants" shows the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants of the respective district. The selection in absolute figures shows the total number of cases per district, independent of the population of the respective district.
Cases per district (absolute figures) List of the total number of persons ever tested positive and registered in the EMS, per district
Total number of tests Total number of tests performed.
These data are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning).
Regular hospital beds available The number of normal hospital beds available.
These data are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning).
Intensive care unit beds available The number of intensive care unit beds available.
These data are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning).
Occupied regular hospital beds The number of normal hospital beds occupied by persons who tested positive.
These data are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning).
Occupied intensive care unit beds The number of intensive care unit beds occupied by persons who tested positive.
These data are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning).
Confirmed cases, not hospitalized The number of active cases who are currently not hospitalised.
These data are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning).
Occupancy and occupancy rate (regular hospital beds) Shows the current occupancy of available regular hospital beds with persons who tested positive in percent. These data are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning).
Occupancy and occupancy rate (intensive care unit beds) Shows the current occupancy rate of available intensive care unit beds with positively tested persons in percent.
These data are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning).
Recoveries Total number of persons recovered who have previously tested positive.
These data are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning).
Deceased Total number of persons reported in the EMS who died from COVID-19. Deaths for other reasons are not included (e.g. accident).
Deceased – by sex Shows the distribution of deaths reported in EMS by sex
Cases per province (absolute figures) List of the total number of recovered or deceased persons per province.
These data on recovered persons are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning). The data on deceased persons are obtained from the EMS.
Recoveries (cumulative) Shows the total number of people recovered over time.
These data are reported once a day by the provincial health directorates to the health ministry and thereafter updated once a day (in the morning).
Deceased (cumulative) Shows the total number of persons reported in the EMS who died from COVID-19 over time.
Deceased by age group Distribution of the total number of persons registered in the EMS who died from COVID-19 by age group
Deceased by age group per 100,000 inhabitants Shows the number of persons registered in the EMS who actually died of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants of the respective age group

Scheduled and unscheduled maintenance can lead to temporary outages of the dashboard. We do our best to keep maintenance windows as short as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.