Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health’s new online dashboard will be updated daily with information on the number of lab-confirmed cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19.
In addition, the dashboard provides general information about the number of cases identified across the region and cases associated with special groups such as long-term care home residents and health care workers,” Public Health says in a statement. “Infomation about the number of tests being administered locally, and associated results, is also included.”
The newly designed dashboard will provide up-to-date information, but Public Health warns that some date will need to be interpreted carefully. “As the number of tests administered for COVID-19 is constantly changing, and it can take several days for test results to be processed, it is difficult for HPEPH to provide a snapshot of tests administered that aligns precisely with actual test results at any given time,” they say.
“The number of probable cases listed on the dashboard is cumulative,” Public Health explains. “Meaning that cases are not removed from the list unless they are tested, after which they are re-categorized as either positive or negative. In order to help provide a better picture of the number of active probable cases in the community at any given time, HPEPH is listing the number of probable cases that have ‘recovered’, along with the total cumulative number of probable cases that have occurred to date. It is important to remember that since recovered probable cases were not lab-confirmed, it is unlikely that all illness was COVID-19, and this number must be interpreted with caution.”
The new and improved dashboard is available through Public Health’s website.