Indiana coronavirus dashboard lacks data from hundreds of schools

The latest round of data, updated in the dashboard Monday afternoon, reflects at least 2,845 positive COVID-19 cases in schools around the state since the new school year started this fall.

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 6:30 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly two months after Indiana officials said they would release a public dashboard to help track coronavirus cases among students and teachers, the online tool still lacks data from more than 1,000 schools.

Unveiled on the state health department’s website last week, the new dashboard reflects the new and cumulative numbers of positive COVID-19 cases among students, teachers and other workers in a given school.

The latest round of data, updated in the dashboard Monday afternoon, reflects at least 2,845 positive COVID-19 cases in schools around the state since the new school year started this fall.

But the dashboard’s numbers provide only a partial picture of COVID-19′s spread in schools. As of Thursday, 1,067 schools — nearly 40% of those in the state — still have not submitted information to the database.

Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said during a news conference Wednesday that “technical issues” are part to blame for the lag in reporting.

Health department officials are additionally working to remove duplicate data entries, which takes time, Box said.

“We are continuing to work with some schools that have encountered difficulty actually accessing the portal and giving us information,” Box said. “We’re also working with those schools that we have not seen any attempts for the data yet, but I think most importantly our schools have been very overwhelmed with trying to keep up with contact tracing, reporting cases, helping us to quarantine individuals, and making sure that their students have food for those times that the students are virtual.”

At the dashboard’s initial release, only 1,359 schools had reported their COVID-19 statistics. In the past week, 396 more schools contributed data, adding 491 new COVID-19 cases and bringing the total up to 1,755 schools reporting.

Current data shows 944 schools have reported one or more cases, and 811 have reported no cases.

Students make up the majority of the reported cases, with 1,192 cases, with another 406 cases reported among the state’s teachers and 447 cases in other staff members.

Still, because the reporting by schools is voluntary, the state dashboard numbers won’t fully capture cases.

If school participation becomes an issue, Box has warned the state may consider making it mandatory for district leaders to report their data, although she hasn’t said that’s been an issue yet.

Even after more schools report data, the dashboard also doesn’t list the percentage of those within schools testing positive for COVID-19, known as the positivity rate.

That data point is used by Indiana officials in the state’s color-coded, county-by-county rating system to gauge the severity of virus spread and to help determine potential mitigation plans.

While state health experts have said the new school tracker is intended to help local leaders make similar decisions — such as when to open or close school buildings — Box has not indicated whether that metric will be added to the dashboard.

Schools reporting fewer than five positive cases additionally have their data suppressed to protect privacy, which so far is the case for a majority of schools that have reported COVID-19 cases to the database.

The tracker’s release follows concerns from health experts over sharp increases in COVID-19 cases among Indiana’s younger population groups, as well as nearly two months of pushback from journalists and educators about a need for more state transparency regarding the spread of the virus in schools.

Data in the dashboard is now scheduled to be updated each week. Box emphasized again Wednesday that case totals are likely to continue increasing as more schools submit their data in the coming weeks.

“I feel confident that the schools that are reporting are giving us very good data and information,” Box said. “We’re really working in partnership with them and expected that this would take a number of weeks before all schools would be reporting and giving us information.”

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 300913

Reported Deaths: 5332
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion41330845
Lake26364448
Allen17299290
Elkhart16665212
St. Joseph16319220
Hamilton12459164
Vanderburgh9428112
Tippecanoe826727
Porter791279
Johnson6139164
Hendricks5807154
Vigo574474
Monroe525247
Clark495374
Delaware4789103
Madison4760119
LaPorte446894
Kosciusko446139
Howard325575
Warrick316072
Floyd306177
Bartholomew303262
Wayne295261
Cass293431
Marshall289944
Grant258747
Noble246846
Hancock243749
Henry237136
Boone235154
Dubois230430
Dearborn208829
Jackson206033
Morgan200643
Knox178017
Gibson177022
Clinton174920
Shelby174554
Lawrence171646
DeKalb171229
Adams165219
Miami155114
Wabash153018
Daviess152243
Fayette145233
Steuben141113
Jasper138311
Harrison137624
LaGrange136629
Montgomery131226
Whitley129910
Ripley123714
Decatur123542
Huntington122310
Posey118913
Putnam118326
Wells118327
Randolph117819
White117421
Clay115621
Jefferson114214
Greene100253
Scott99818
Jay95012
Starke89221
Sullivan86615
Fulton81117
Perry80921
Jennings80514
Spencer8047
Fountain7378
Washington7176
Carroll66813
Franklin65925
Orange65728
Vermillion5832
Owen5816
Parke5416
Newton54012
Tipton53726
Rush5216
Blackford51211
Pike50218
Pulaski36810
Martin3485
Brown3263
Benton3251
Crawford2781
Union2621
Switzerland2473
Warren2352
Ohio2257
Unassigned0265

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 363304

Reported Deaths: 6020
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin49267665
Cuyahoga35214736
Hamilton29462371
Montgomery19636225
Butler14472144
Lucas14033409
Summit12962310
Stark8529197
Warren798975
Mahoning7068299
Lake662766
Lorain623697
Clermont563946
Delaware540335
Licking535875
Fairfield523763
Trumbull5159144
Greene510563
Clark501064
Allen460685
Marion457751
Wood4394107
Medina428654
Miami416465
Pickaway396448
Columbiana339597
Portage334471
Tuscarawas317557
Wayne314993
Richland306732
Mercer284737
Ross239259
Hancock232736
Muskingum231910
Auglaize223230
Putnam221449
Erie217165
Darke217058
Ashtabula215753
Geauga197351
Scioto193615
Union18658
Lawrence185436
Shelby184815
Athens18454
Seneca173118
Belmont158529
Madison156218
Sandusky152327
Preble148421
Huron147518
Defiance137921
Holmes137739
Logan123613
Knox122518
Fulton122025
Crawford119116
Ottawa118930
Washington116427
Clinton103414
Ashland102722
Williams10238
Jefferson10124
Highland99517
Henry98422
Brown9644
Champaign9345
Jackson90312
Van Wert8976
Fayette89217
Hardin86118
Morrow8552
Guernsey83313
Coshocton81413
Perry77012
Adams75012
Pike7261
Wyandot70516
Gallia70413
Paulding62710
Hocking61011
Noble59722
Carroll44310
Meigs37612
Monroe31021
Morgan2395
Vinton2105
Harrison1913
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