Viewpoint: DHD#10 launches monthly COVID-19 county profiles
Mon, 08/24/2020 - 1:41pm caleb
District Health Department #10
District Health Department #10 announced the launch of monthly COVID-19 County Profiles to its website to provide individuals insight into how COVID-19 has impacted each of its counties individually and jurisdiction-wide.
These county profiles include monthly case data, known source of exposure, confirmed cases by week, a symptomatic versus asymptomatic case breakdown, common symptoms, and age data. The jurisdiction-wide profile highlights this data across all the counties as a whole and also includes data on race and ethnicity.
“As COVID-19 continues to spread across our 10-county jurisdiction, we receive many questions about the characteristics of the cases in each county. While our Data Dashboard provides a great deal of information, there are still details the public wants about the cases in their counties,” said Jeannine Taylor, Public Information Officer for DHD#10. “Our hope is that these monthly summaries provide the public with additional information regarding cases referred to the health department over the past month and demonstrate the need behind practicing proper hand hygiene, wearing a mask, social distancing and staying home if you've been exposed to COVID-19.”
District Health Department #10 is the largest geographic local public health department in the state, covering ten counties and approximately 64 zip codes. Developing the processes for pulling and analyzing the data took time, primarily because of the sheer size of the jurisdiction. The data is pulled from the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS) and covers only individuals who reside in a county served by DHD#10, including Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oceana, and Wexford.
DHD #10’s County Profiles can be found at dhd10.org/coronavirus/covid19-county-profiles.