Inslee rolls out COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard with data

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a new COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard to aid the state in gauging when and how to best lift restrictions around ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy” in Washington.

Wednesday marked 100 days since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington state. The governor mentioned that in the coming weeks, the state will slowly start “turning the dial” on several physical distancing restrictions in accordance with changing epidemiological and public health data.

“It is important to share the information and data that informs our decisions,” Inslee said. “As each decision we make informs choices that impact the health and safety of Washingtonians, we want to show that there are multiple indicators we rely on for how we can remain healthy and open our businesses.”

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The dashboard features five “dials” measuring different data points in the state. The public will be able to view the data guiding the state’s ongoing discussions on recovery planning by visiting the state Department of Health website or coronavirus.wa.gov.

The governor’s full data presentation can be found here.

Disease Activity

  • COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Washington
  • Rates of COVID-19 spread throughout Washington (aka R0 or “R naught”)
  • Modeling data from IDM, IHME and Youyang Gu
  • Physical distancing adherence trends in Washington state

Ultimately, guidance from the state and the lifting of distancing restrictions is based on the ability to have appropriate health and safety protocols in place.

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Testing Capacity and Availability

“Recovery begins with a massive testing and contact-tracing effort,” Inslee said. “The federal government has promised more testing supplies, and we hope to see it fulfilled, but we still need more.”

In this dial, the ability for everyone with COVID-19 symptoms and those with high risk exposures to be tested immediately is measured by:

  • Number of tests performed per day
  • Testing capacity, including supply chain and speed
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Case and Contact Investigations

The ability to rapidly isolate those with COVID-19 and identify/quarantine their contacts is measured by:

  • Number of investigators trained and working
  • Availability of isolation and quarantine facilities in active jurisdictions
  • Percent of cases investigated within 24 hours of receipt of positive test reports
  • Percent of contacts reached within 48 hours of receipt of report
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Risk to Vulnerable Populations

This is measured by:

  • Number of outbreaks in long term care facilities per week
  • Demographic and equity data

“There are no pharmaceutical interventions for this virus,” Inslee said. “All of our progress can be unraveled if we do not have appropriate precautions in place to protect our loved ones.”

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Health Care System Readiness

This readiness is measured by:

  • Hospital beds
  • ICU capacity
  • Ventilator numbers
  • State PPE procurement

“Preparedness in our health care system has made great strides, which is one reason why we returned 400 ventilators to the national stockpile and were able to recommend the redeployment of the Army field hospital at CenturyLink Field,” Inslee said.

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View the governor’s full data presentation here.

Inslee also said that more details on the phased-in approach for Washington state’s “re-opening” in different sectors of the economy would be released Friday.

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