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Summit County Government

Posted on: July 31, 2020

Summit County Launches Enhanced COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Chart from the Dashboard showing daily positive cases

An expanded dataset and interactive charts provide new insights into local disease activity and reveal Summit County's performance against state benchmarks

Contact: Nicole Valentine, Public Affairs Coordinator, Public Health

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Public Health launched an upgraded public display of COVID-19 case data on its website Friday. The County’s COVID-19 Case Data page now features an interactive data dashboard and new milestone metrics that track the community’s progress toward criteria for the next phase of reopening through the State of Colorado’s Protect Our Neighbors framework for COVID-19 mitigation.

"We’ve undertaken an extensive process to compile and present our data in a way that reveals how we’re measuring up to the state’s milestones for performance for each county,” Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. “The improvements we’ve made to our dashboard provide greater transparency and insight into our performance as a community in combating the novel coronavirus.”

The dashboard includes a cumulative data summary that displays the number of positive tests, probable cases, hospitalizations, people tested, outbreaks and deaths since COVID-19 was first detected in the Summit County population. Interactive charts show daily positive cases, testing positivity rate and breakdowns by age, sex, race and ethnicity. As part of process improvements behind the scenes, Summit County has automated the data feed, allowing the various charts and tables to be updated on a daily basis, rather than weekly.

"We’re really excited about this new dashboard because it makes the data much more easily accessible for the public," Wineland said. "We know Summit County residents are extremely dedicated and diligent about stopping the spread of COVID-19. Now, everyone can see the effects of the actions we’re all taking on a daily basis. This also provides greater context to our policy decisions, because all the numbers are right there for everyone to see and dig into." 

Underneath each chart and table is a "Get the data" button, which allows users to download an entire dataset into a spreadsheet for their own review and use. 

The new Milestone page displays in visual format Summit County’s progress toward meeting each of eight metrics required by the state in order to apply for the next phase of reopening, Protect Our Neighbors. Communities that demonstrate strong commitments to lowering COVDI-19 levels have the opportunity to take more control over their own reopening plans. The key objectives of Protect Our Neighbors are low viral transmission, no large or unmanageable outbreaks and scalability of public health and health care capabilities to respond effectively to current and future disease transmission.

Summit County’s transition to Protect Our Neighbors will depend on 14-day trends in treatment, transmission, testing and tracing. Those trends are represented on the Milestones webpage in five charts that display the most recent eight weeks of data.

“There is a lot of complexity behind the data, and the new dashboard is the result of a month-long effort by our data analyst, Hayden Hedman, in close cooperation with CDPHE and Summit County Public Health staff to provide data and statistics for our county in the most accurate and meaningful way possible,” Wineland said. “It was a high priority for us to make sure that we have a dashboard that we can share with our community as we monitor our progress toward the state’s reopening milestones. It also serves as an ongoing barometer of our efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. And people will find there’s a lot in there for Summit County residents to be very proud of. I would like to extend a big thank-you to the community for all you are doing to wear your face coverings, maintain physical distance, avoid group gatherings and make smart choices.”

Community members are encouraged to view the dashboard and to remain diligent in doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following the Five Commitments to Containment:

  • Six feet of physical distance from other individuals
  • Frequent hand washing
  • Face coverings in public
  • Staying home when sick
  • Getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

“Some of our fellow resort communities are facing higher case counts and rollbacks of their reopenings. Our continued success and economic recovery relies on each of us,” said Summit County Manager Scott Vargo. “We hope that our upgraded dashboard provides the community with timely information and the transparency needed to make smart decisions that help contain the spread of COVID-19 and promote health, social connections and economic vitality.”


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