Updating CMS items without publishing website

Hi guys,

Question: is it possible to update a CMS item using the API without having to publish the entire website to reflect these changes on the live website?

Some background: I have a script that checks every three minutes for updates with an external source, and if necessary changes the status of the collection items in Webflow through the API. In the last part of the script I trigger a site publish so that changes are reflected on the live site.

The problem: Every time that the site is published (which is now every three minutes) my Google Analytics shows multiple new view counts. Which basically makes my analytics data quite useless. (not to mention my fear of a possible SEO degrading?). Tips are very welcome! Thanks.