We know data can be ... well … confusing. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to improve how we share COVID-19 data with a new, interactive COVID-19 data dashboard. The new dashboard makes understanding COVID-19 information, like the number of new cases and the breakdown of confirmed cases by age and sex, easier with its clear, accessible data visuals. This change will also ensure that the data we share at our county level can be more easily compared with other counties and with the state.
You can jump straight to the dashboard now, or you can keep reading for a deeper dive into the ins and outs of our COVID-19 data. (You’ll probably learn more than you ever wanted to know!)
What’s In the New Dashboard?
Much of the information we will be sharing will be the same, with one key difference: the data source. We’re switching from using our internal WCHD database to the Washington Disease Reporting System for our publicly reported data. Through regular reconciliation, these databases host the same information about Whatcom County confirmed cases and other COVID-19 related data. Throughout each week the two sources may have slightly different information based on the timing of data entry processes.
While that doesn’t change the information much, you should know that there may be some subtle differences from our previous numbers:
The new Whatcom County COVID-19 dashboard will share data visualization in the following ways:
The data dashboard will be updated daily, typically between approximately 2:00-4:00pm. During this time, it will be unavailable for about one hour while updates are integrated.
Data for the most recent days is considered preliminary and not yet complete. Cases, deaths, negative test results, and hospitalizations from the past 4-7 days may not have yet been reported and must be verified before we can say that those results are accurate.
Even then, some of our data may change as we learn more, review records, and investigate cases. That’s a normal part of our process - making sure our data is accurate - and now you get to see it happen in real-time!
Some Data Will Still Be Shared Differently
Some of the data we’ve been providing will continue to be shared as images on our website and won’t be included in the dashboard … yet.
What isn’t being shared?
There is some data that we are not able to share on the dashboard. This includes:
Congrats, you’re now a COVID-19 Data Dashboard guru! We are committed to sharing relevant and accurate data about COVID-19 with our community. We’re always working to improve what we’re sharing, and we think you’ll find this new tool to be useful!