photograph by: Lawrence-Douglas County Public Well being
Douglas County’s well being division and the native COVID-19 Unified Command group launched a brand new epidemiological dashboard Friday to offer extra knowledge about virus instances throughout the neighborhood.
The dashboard is on the well being division’s web site, ldchealth.org, and might be up to date every weekday. Whereas the county has offered every day updates with some virus statistics, the dashboard will present data that the county hasn’t shared earlier than, such because the county’s COVID-19 incidence fee, the % positivity fee by metropolis and the proportion of emergency division visits the place sufferers reported COVID-19-like signs.
The incidence fee reveals how many individuals per 100,000 county residents examined optimistic previously 14 days, and the positivity fee reveals the proportion of assessments finished over the previous 14 days that got here again optimistic. In line with the dashboard, Douglas County at the moment has a COVID-19 incidence fee of 567.39 per 100,000 individuals. The dashboard additionally reveals that Eudora is town with the best positivity fee — previously 14 days, 7.9% of virus assessments in Eudora got here again optimistic. In Baldwin Metropolis, the positivity fee was 7%; in Lawrence it was 6.1%; and in Lecompton it was 5.8%.
The dashboard additionally options some particular demographic data that might be up to date as soon as per week, together with case breakdowns by age, intercourse, race and ZIP code.
“We’re excited this dashboard is prepared as one other software to speak with our neighborhood and provides them details about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us,” mentioned Sonia Jordan, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Well being’s director of informatics. “It offers a chance to current extra knowledge and supply context, notably about how COVID-19 is affecting our neighborhood members by race and ethnicity. These views might be necessary, notably as all work collectively to handle well being disparities that COVID-19 will exacerbate.”
The dashboard additionally contains data that has appeared within the county’s every day COVID-19 updates earlier than, such because the 14-day shifting common of recent instances, Douglas County’s cumulative case rely and the numbers of recent instances, lively instances, hospitalizations and deaths.
Douglas County reported 5,512 instances of COVID-19 as of Friday, a rise of 50 instances since Thursday.
In Douglas County, 4,457 out of the 5,512 instances are inactive or past the infectious interval, based on Lawrence-Douglas County Public Well being, which means 1,055 instances are lively.
The county has averaged about 48 new instances per day over the past 14 days, based on a 14-day shifting common graph up to date weekdays by the well being division. The present common of 48.36 new instances per day is down from a current excessive of 74 instances per day in mid-November and up from a current low of 17 instances per day in mid-October.
Twenty-four sufferers at Lawrence’s hospital had COVID-19 on Friday, yet another than Thursday. Of these 24 inpatients, 16 have lively COVID-19 instances and eight are recovering. Twenty-nine Douglas County residents have died of the virus.
To enroll to obtain the brand new dashboard updates every weekday, go to bit.ly/37RKBuJ.
Two new instances at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor
Two staff at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor have examined optimistic for COVID-19, based on a information launch from the assisted residing facility.
Lawrence Presbyterian Manor has been doing surveillance testing biweekly, and the 2 optimistic instances had been detected in testing finished on Monday and Wednesday. One of many staff is a vital well being care employee who final labored on Nov. 29, the discharge mentioned; the opposite worker doesn’t work in a direct care function and had not labored since Nov. 23. Each staff had been screened earlier than their shifts and wore private protecting tools whereas working.
Subsequent week, the assisted residing facility will transfer from biweekly to weekly surveillance testing due to the county’s positivity fee.