New COVID-19 dashboard launched, update on testing and what is next
Today, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment launched an updated COVID-19 Data Dashboard. A live update by Dr. Sanmi Areola, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and Elizabeth Holzschuh, JCHDE epidemiologist, introduced the department’s new dashboard and shared the latest status of JCDHE’s testing and disease containment efforts.
Updates to Johnson County COVID-19 Data Dashboard
The dashboard can be accessed at jocogov.org/coronavirus at the link at the top of the webpage. The dashboard will be updated daily by 10 a.m.
New data added to the data dashboard include:
– shows number of COVID-19 cases by age group – Inpatient/Outpatient/ICU
General Population Random Sample
Dr. Areola emphasized that Johnson County is working to determine how wide-spread the virus is in an effort to mitigate and stop the spread. “Random sample testing is done so there is a better understanding of the pattern and spread of COVID-19 in the county.
The first round of testing was completed last Friday with 371 randomly selected residents. This is the first of several such tests. The expectation was that the rate of infection would be low given these people were under the Stay at Home Order. To date, the county has received preliminary results. Of the 330 sample results received, nine have come back positive; 2.7% of sample size.
“That’s really pretty good,” Dr. Areola said.
Seven of those were positively identified as symptomatic. JCDHE is waiting to hear the status of the other two.
Dr. Areola emphasized that more data is needed before any conclusions can be made. Other groups including essential workers, first responders and long-term care facilities will be a part of the next rounds of testing.
"The good news is that our early data shows that Johnson Countians are doing their part to bend the curve." Dr. Areola said. “We are continuing to ask our citizens to keep doing the things they're doing. Stay home, wash your hands as often as you can for at least 20 seconds, practice physical distancing, and use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands.”
There is some evidence that restrictions are working, but more data is needed to support that conclusion.
“After we have has done more tests in the next few weeks, we will have better confidence in the data,” Dr. Areola said. “Rolling back restrictions is not something we can do all at once. We have to do it appropriately so we can make smart decisions moving forward and we don’t have to do this again.”
To view a recording of the online presentation, visit either the county’s Facebook page (@jocogov) and the recording under Videos or go to the county’s webpage https://boccmeetings.jocogov.org/onbaseagendaonline and look for Public Health Live Update 4/14/2020 View Media.