New COVID-19 data dashboard to include economic, mental health impacts

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AURORA | The Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz is developing a new COVID-19 dashboard that will include information on a country-by-county level about the economic and mental health impacts of the pandemic.

The website, online at colorado-data.org, currently has visualizations of the state of the pandemic for each county in Colorado as well as a statewide overview that can be filtered by age and race.

Information about mental health and economic activity is coming soon, according to the website.

A snapshot from the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz COVID-19 data dashboard, which looks at pandemic data from each of the state’s 64 counties. Mental health and economic data is expected to soon be added to the dashboard.

The dashboard is designed to help local public health agencies and community leaders, according to a news release from the university.

“Modeling data at the state level is not sufficiently granular for local decision-making,” school of public health dean Dr. Jonathan Samet said in a statement.

“That’s true not only for those in public health but also for people who want to know where the epidemic is going on in their community, the local economy, and their own lives,” he said.

The development of the website was overseen by Dr. Tatiane Santos, a member of the school’s COVID-19 modeling team. In the release, she said that the dashboard is being designed to reduce the separation of the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.

“We cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy population, and we cannot have a healthy population without a healthy economy,” she said in a statement.

The website was developed with funding from the Gates Family Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation and an anonymous donor.

An advisory group of public health officials consulted on the website’s development, including Denver and Tri-County public health directors Dr. Bill Burman and Dr. John Douglas.