City of Baltimore Health Department Reveals Overhauled COVID-19 Dashboard – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Baltimore City Department of Health on Thursday revealed a update to its COVID-19 dashboardbased on feedback from the community and public health experts.

The Revamped dashboard powered by new data sourcesprovides up-to-date details on the number of new cases, deaths, testing volume, and the seven-day average percentage of people testing positive.

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This marks the first time the city health department has been able to provide daily updates since December when a network breach by the Maryland Department of Health prevented the city from receiving regular updates.

“Given that MDH has yet to restart these data streams, BCHD has changed the data source so that the cases, deaths, testing and vaccination information on the dashboard can now be updated on a daily basis. Monday through Friday,” the health ministry said.

Health Commissioner Dr Letitia Dzirasa said the details listed under “Key Indicators” provide Baltimoreans with data points that the health department uses to decide when restrictions are needed, such as such as the requirement to wear a mask.

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“While we continue to see daily cases and hospital admissions decline, the dashboard will assist the public and our staff in monitoring data for key health indicators,” she said. an increase due to new variants or sub-variants of the coronavirus,” she said.

Among the new features, users will now find the percentage of people 12 years of age and older who received at least one dose of the vaccine, along with community transmission data levels compiled by the Centers for Control and Prevention. Disease provides.

“Based on feedback from residents, we are also now showing the city’s current COVID community level as recently announced by the CDC,” said Dr. Darcy Phelan-Emrick, chief of epidemiology at the city health department.

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CDC uses three metrics to track community spread: number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over a seven-day period, percentage of staffed inpatient beds used by COVID-19 patients, and number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 population in seven days-about days. City of Baltimore Health Department Reveals Overhauled COVID-19 Dashboard – CBS Baltimore

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