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September 25, 2020

Today we launch a new campus community COVID-19 Data Dashboard, which is the result of several weeks of hard work and collaboration between the university and our partners at Mesa County Public Health (MCPH). We encourage the campus to review this new dashboard to stay informed about the latest trends and developments regarding COVID on campus. You will notice a number of changes and improvements to the Dashboard:

Campus Alert Level. The new Campus Alert Level is a four-step, color-coded scale — Green > Yellow > Orange > Red—indicating the relative alert level of the campus based on a series of data considerations developed with MCPH. Read more about this new alert scale.

Case Counts. We have added one- and two-week case counts, as well as a "Campus COVID-19 Burden" barometer that measures the two-week case count compared to the overall campus population. The latter measure is one developed by the Minnesota Department of Public Health, which is a national leader in public health and university COVID-19 considerations and guidelines. These case count measures represent the total number of positives cases during one- and two-week spans.

Detection and Random Testing. We have built on prior metrics regarding random testing results because this is one of the most important ways we can get an overall snapshot of the COVID-19 campus landscape. We also have represented the cases found as a result of all other testing (not random), to include cases discovered through contact tracing. Next to these metrics we have added a longitudinal representation so you can quickly and easily track the relative trajectory of campus positive cases, displayed as both random and non-random results.

Source of Exposure. This simple pie chart represents the percentage of cases over the past two weeks that the contact tracing team were able to investigate to identify the source of the exposure ("Known")—or not ("Unknown").

Isolation/Quarantine Room Availability. This pie chart represents how much bed capacity—both on campus and off—that the university has in a given week to quarantine or isolate individuals to prevent further spread.

Semester To-Date Testing. This metric is unchanged and helps the campus community track the total number of tests and positive cases recorded since our efforts began in late July.

Finally, we have linked to both Mesa County and State of Colorado COVID data to help the campus community quickly and easily place our campus dashboard in context relative to state and local community data.

We hope this new dashboard will be helpful as we continue to carefully test, detect, and manage the COVID burden on our campus.