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Changes to our COVID-19 data webpage provide more information and make data easier to find

In early March 2020, we began posting regular web updates of COVID-19 case information in Pierce County. We had 4 total cases at the time.

In the 19 months since then, we expanded our reporting multiple times to give you more information on COVID-19 activity. From case counts, hospitalizations and deaths to demographics, outbreaks and vaccinations, our goal is to give you the most accurate picture of how COVID-19 is affecting our community.

We regularly consider how to make it as easy as possible to present the story of how COVID-19 is affecting our community. For example, the webpage redesign makes it easier to see some of the most important takeaways including highlights around cases, outbreaks and vaccinations.   

  • Cases are beginning to plateau. It’s too soon to tell if this will continue, or if cases will go down.
  • Cases are dropping in areas with vaccination rates about 56% and above. South and East Pierce County are seeing the highest rates of recent cases and lower vaccine uptake.
  • School outbreaks are up. More than 25% of the school outbreaks and outbreak associated cases are in South and East Pierce County, while these areas account for less than 10% of the population of school aged children.
  • Rural Pierce County continues to experience the lowest vaccination rates across all race, ethnic, and age groups.

Also, at our Board of Health meeting today, Kejuan Woods, COVID-19 incident commander, shared that State Department of Health data shows unvaccinated people are 10-26 times more likely to be hospitalized than vaccinated people in all age groups eligible for the vaccine.

It’s one more reason anyone eligible should get vaccinated as soon as possible. The COVID-19 vaccine protects you and those around you from serious illness or worse. Find your dose today at tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture.

More data, less scrolling.

Some of these takeaways should be easier to get with less scrolling through lengthy pages on our data page, tpchd.org/covid19cases. Changes include:

  • A new “COVID-19 at a glance” dashboard at the top of the page gives you quick access to the latest information on case, hospitalizations, death rates, outbreak case totals and vaccination percentage.
  • A new, cleaner “accordion” page design that makes it easier to get the information you’re looking for without scrolling.
  • Data on cases and vaccinations on the same page.
  • Information on cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Pierce County. We’ll also add information on breakthrough cases soon.
  • Expanded age groups on demographics dashboards and tables that provide more case and vaccination information on younger people. Our age groups now align with state dashboards.

The design changes also mean the page works better on most mobile web browsers.

Our reporting schedule will remain the same. We will update cases, hospitalizations and deaths Monday through Friday. We update demographic case data every Tuesday, vaccination data every Wednesday, and outbreak data every Thursday.

We have more updates planned for the near future, so keep an eye out on social media or sign up for our data update emails for more information.

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