The Department of Health launched an online early warning monitoring dashboard that provides information on statewide and county COVID-19 prevalence to track increases in disease in the community on a weekly basis.
“This dashboard provides the entire community with early warning to changes in COVID-19 infection so that we can take action to prevent spread,” said Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine. “Recent increases in COVID-19 cases in parts of the state have shown the need for Pennsylvanians to continue to take simple steps to prevent the spread of this virus. Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, maintain social distancing and stay home if you are sick.”
The dashboard shows data points being used to assess the spread of the virus in the state and in each county, including:
– Difference in confirmed cases (last seven days vs. previous seven days)
– Incidence rate (last seven days and previous seven days) per 100,000 residents
– PCR positivity rate (last seven days and previous seven days)
– Difference in the average daily number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last seven days and the previous seven days
– Difference in the average daily number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators in the last seven days and previous seven days
– Percent of hospital emergency department visits in the last seven days and previous seven days due to COVID-like-illness
The dashboard will be updated on a weekly basis to assist in providing information regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.