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A Resource-Efficient Model for Presentation and Evaluation of COVID-19 Epidemiological Data for County Public Health Departments

  • Author(s): Meller, Daniel Jacob
  • Advisor(s): Kaplan, Sherrie H
  • et al.
Creative Commons 'BY' version 4.0 license

This paper presents a model for a resource-efficient daily data analysis dashboard developed in the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic (SARS-COV2). The model provides a framework for data presentation, which may be adapted to the needs of other county public health departments or similar emergency management districts. It was developed between March and May 2020 to provide an overview of data in Santa Barbara County, an area on the Central Coast of California with a population of 442,000. The main benefits of the model are the speed with it can be built out, the limited amount of time required to update data (10-15 minutes per day), and the graphical analysis it automatically generates from this data. It also offers a simple way to compare local data with state and national predictive models, a vital tool for any public health department in planning appropriate disaster response measures.

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