OROVILLE – Butte County Public Health has announced some changes to its COVID-19 dashboard that will likely expand to other tracking uses.
As the county prepares to transition from a pandemic phase to an endemic phase with respect to the virus, online tools that previously served as a way to view up-to-date data will be evolving.
Public Health Director Dennett York unveiled the new version of the tool during a Butte County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday and said the changes would include both presented information and online views. York said there were several reasons for the decision, including cost.
“One of the reasons we wanted to change the appearance and some of the information on our dashboard is that it’s more cost-effective,” York said. “We were paying for the platform we were using. It’s free and it’s more automated with the information we already have, rather than giving employees time to physically put in the information on the previous dashboard. ,
The new dashboard is live on the Butte County Public Health website at bcph.netlify.app/. At the top of the page are numbers including total confirmed cases since March 14, 2020, confirmed cases since the beginning of this year, seven-day average, number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 and total laboratory confirmed cases Deaths from the virus.
Below these numbers are several interactive graphs and charts with timelines related to infection and hospitalization. A vaccine status chart is also available which, as of Thursday, shows 56.4 percent of counties as fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Another 5.76% have been partially vaccinated. Next to the chart is a graph showing vaccination status by age, race and ethnicity.
York said the information on the website is funneled there through various state sources.
One particularly useful feature is that each chart can be zoomed in for more specific data by day or week.
Right above the numbers at the top of the page is a tab that says COVID-19 which can be highlighted and selected, which means there may be more tabs available in the future. In addition to monitoring for COVID-19, York said his department hopes to add tracking for other diseases and viruses as well.
“We hope to do this for more than just COVID,” York said. “So the first thing we’ll do is get West Nile virus, maybe within a month or so. We’ll have, at the top of the dashboard, a place that says COVID and another place that says West Nile Virus and the public it Will be able to track how many cases we have.”
Other future disease data that is likely to come on the dashboard will be sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis, York said.
“It’s exciting that we can bring this information to the public in a better visual format,” York said.