As COVID-19 wanes in Pitkin County, the public health team has simplified the data reporting process and associated dashboards.
There will now be a single Pitkin County data dashboard, which will include assorted data points on two categories of COVID-19 data. The first being case and testing which will include Pitkin County cases, 7-day incidence rate, 7-day positivity rate, the number of PCR tests administered in the previous 7 days, and COVID-19 reinfections. The second being data on COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths, and vaccinations, which will include data on AVH capacity, hospitalizations, deaths, vaccination status, and more. Additional CDPHE data can be found on the lower part of our COVID-19 data dashboards page.
All of the data in the new dashboard is provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE). As a result, there are differences between the data provided on our previous dashboards and CDPHE data. The most noticeable is the increase in total cases. This reflects differences in how CDPHE classifies residence cases. Pitkin County Public Health is able to obtain finer detail on defining second homeowners and visitors.
Pitkin County recognizes the transition out of higher COVID-19 restrictions in our community, but we still acknowledge the importance of tracking and reporting data on this deadly virus. The new simplification is meant to adhere to these two factors, as well as continue to keep our community informed and safe.
Along with the data dashboard, the cadence, and nature in which Pitkin County communicates updates, are also transitioning. We are now combining our data summary and our bi-weekly newsletter into a Pitkin County COVID-19 Update. This will include general public health updates on COVID-19 in our community, as well as a high-level overview of data updates in the county.