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Who is the “public” you are listening to as you make changes to the dashboard?

We value input from the general public and community stakeholders. We receive feedback through emails, phone calls, social media posts and public comment during open meetings. This is very important to every public health response and initiative. To be clear, the primary premises for our public health decisions are science and data. And, the professional opinions of public health practitioners, that include other public health directors, our regional counterparts, scientists and other medical professionals, school officials and public health experts.

Decisions on the mode of learning must, however, include considerations of the educational benefits of in-person learning to students, and the emotional, behavioral and mental health benefits of being in school. The fears of teachers, administrators, staff, parents and the community about Covid-19 must also be taken into consideration.