Has “Normal” Returned? Colorado Ends Daily COVID-19 Reporting
Some might argue that this news suggests that "normal" life is back (heck, some might even say normal life has been back) - but what does this news really mean?
Our state's health department is breaking it down:
On Wednesday, Nov. 2, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) updated its COVID-19 data dashboard, aligning its information with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) changing COVID-19 line level and aggregate case and death data reporting cadence from daily to weekly and more than 35 other states’ data visualizations.
The website's most significant changes include
- transitioning the data visualizations from daily to weekly
- streamlining the design
- adding additional, easier-to-use features
“The new landing page for the COVID-19 data dashboard increases the accessibility of the data and helps Coloradans better understand the current risk factors in their local communities,” Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist said in a press release via CDPHE.
“At this point in the response, interpreting data for a seven-day period is more stable for the state’s decision-making process than reacting to day-to-day fluctuations that may not be indicative of larger trends.”
About CDPHE's Updated COVID-19 Dashboard
As per the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, the following updates/changes have been made to the state's COVID-19 dashboard as of November 2:
- The dashboard now features a redesigned look, making it clearer and easier to navigate
- Data visualizations will now update on a weekly cadence instead of daily. New data will be posted on Wednesdays at 4 p.m., using data from the preceding week (calculated as Sunday - Saturday).
- A new “archive” section of the website will house the original dashboard including visualizations that are no longer updated. Visualizations that will be archived because they are outdated or no longer provide meaningful detail in the context of weekly updates are listed below.
- A newly added vaccine data button on the sidebar allows users to now navigate directly to the vaccine data dashboard from the main data landing page.
- New vaccine breakthrough data visualizations for people who are 50 or older and who received second boosters will compare rates of hospitalization among people who received two boosters, a single booster, were vaccinated but did not receive a booster, and those who were not vaccinated. Data are displayed over time, and by age, gender, race, and ethnicity
Even with the state health department's latest changes to its COVID-19 dashboard, CDPHE’s epidemiologists will continue to monitor trends in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and variants.
"In addition to presenting a more accurate picture of COVID-19 in Colorado, presenting weekly visualizations of CDPHE data will allow for more time for epidemiologists and data managers to review the data, detect unexpected data issues, and correct them before the data is presented on the dashboard. Data updates for other similar pathogens, like influenza, occur weekly."
For more information about COVID-19 in Colorado, visit covid19.colorado.gov.
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